DPWH ground breaks new interchange in Bu­la­can

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - The De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 1, broke ground for the new Ci­u­dad de Vic­to­ria Interchange lo­cated in Bo­caue, Bu­la­can.

The P635-mil­lion project will have a four-lane road con­nect­ing the Manila North Road (MNR) and the Sta. Mari­aBo­caue By-pass road, by­pass­ing the heav­ily con­gested Gov­er­nor F. Halili road via Ci­u­dad de Vic­to­ria.

CLARK FREEPORT — Ba­color Mayor and gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Jose Maria Hi­zon has called him­self a bet­ter politi­cian and de­scribed him­self as a to­tally dif­fer­ent leader.

Hi­zon gave a frank as­sess­ment of him­self dur­ing a meet­ing with mem­bers of the Ca­pam­pan­gan in Me­dia, Inc. (CAMI) at the Bale-Balita last Fri­day. “I also have more wis­dom and harm­less,” the mayor who will chal­lenge Vice-Gov­er­nor Den­nis Pineda for the gov­er­nor­ship dur­ing the May polls this year.

Hi­zon will com­plete his three term as mayor since as­sum­ing the of­fice in 2010,and noted the vast trans­for­ma­tion has achieved un­der his lead­er­ship.

DPWH Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar said that the new road project is ex­pected to be­come the long-term so­lu­tion to the usual heavy traf­fic sit­u­a­tion and queu­ing of ve­hi­cles in the Bo­caue interchange.

It will also serve as an in­fra­struc­ture sup­port and cat­a­lyst to fur­ther boost eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion in the road in­flu­ence area, specif­i­cally to the towns of Sta. Maria and Bo­caue, Bu­la­can, added Vil­lar.

“The peo­ple from Bu­la­can un­der­stand that there is a need for an al­ter­na­tive road due to the heav­ily con­gested road in Gov­er­nor F. Halili road in Sta. Maria, Bu­la­can and I am de­lighted to share that we no longer have to worry,” Vil­lar said.

Vil­lar also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of the vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture and re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ment of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion to build pub­lic struc­tures that will ben­e­fit the gen­eral pub­lic un­der its Build Build Build pro­gram.

The new road project will tra­verse a 650lin­ear me­ter new road open­ing from MNR to the ex­ist­ing 620 lin­ear me­ter Bo­caue Mu­nic­i­pal Road which will be widened to four lanes. It will then con­tinue to tra­verse a 640 lin­ear me­ter new road open­ing and will ter­mi­nate at the ex­ist­ing in­ner road of the Ci­u­dad de Vic­to­ria.

It will also in­clude the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of 1,933 lin­ear me­ter road of Ci­u­dad de Vic­to­ria lead­ing to the on­go­ing Sta. Maria- Bo­caue By­pass Road pass­ing to the San Gabriel Bridge in Sta. Maria, Bu­la­can, and the road con­struc­tion of 1,300 lin­ear me­ters to con­nect the ex­ist­ing Patubig Road lead­ing to Mar­i­lao.

DPWH Re­gion III Direc­tor Roseller To­lentino said that project con­trac­tor L.R. Tiqui Builders will con­struct the road net­work for 300 days with an ex­pected date of com­ple­tion on Novem­ber 17, 2019.

“The new road project, which will also serve as an en­try/ exit toll gate of the North Lu­zon Ex­press­way (north and south bound), will also have an 80-lin­ear me­ter ac­cel­er­a­tion/de­cel­er­a­tionlaneinit­snorth bound lane for ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the ex­press­way,” To­lentino said.

Along­side the ac­cel­er­a­tion lane, a ser­vice road will also be con­structed to serve as an ac­cess road for the ve­hi­cles com­ing from Bo­caue to Mar­i­lao, and vice versa with­out hav­ing to en­ter and pay toll fees at the North Lu­zon Ex­press­way, he fur­thered.

Mean­while, lo­cal of­fi­cials of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit of Bo­caue and the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Bu­la­can ac­knowl­edged the pos­i­tive im­pact of the project to the eco­nomic im­prove­ment of the prov­ince.— JTD


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