Despite the CoVid-19 pandemic in the Philippines, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) pushed through with the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project that will connect the provinces of Bataan and Cavite.
Under the Build, Build, Build program of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administration, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar officially announced the start of the Detailed Engineering Design (DED) activities for the mega bridge project that will provide a permanent road linkage between the two provinces of Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.
The 3.3 billion pesos project is expected to construct the 32.15 kilometers bridge with four lanes: 2 lanes for each opposite direction starting from Barangay Alas-Asin in Mariveles, Bataan crossing Manila Bay and terminating in Barangay Timalan, Naic, Cavite.
Villar said that the project aims to ease the journey time of travellers going to Cavite, and to help the traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, Unified Management Office Operations (UPMO) Undersecretary Emil Sadain said that the sooner the largest and longest iconic bridge will be constructed, the faster the way from Cavite to Bataan and vice versa will be.
Sadain also added that with the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, the present 5-hour travel time is expected to be reduced to 20 to 30 minutes.