To get from Cavite to Bataan, you will have to go through provincial roads, take the southern expressway systems, traverse heavy Metro Manila traffic, take a turn to the north-bound expressways, and take SCTEX, which brings your total journey’s distance to about 160 km. It seems excessive since the two provinces are just right across the pond from one another. A journey of 6 hours or more can be shortened significantly if a bridge is available to connect the two provinces. 

Well, good news because a 32.1-kilometer bridge got the go-ahead from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board and the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC). This approval, under the government’s Build, Build, Build! program, may turn this bridge into a reality. Dubbed the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB), the new project is currently undergoing a feasibility study by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 

The estimated cost of this project is poised at P187-billion. Once construction begins, viaducts, as well as two long-span bridges, will be built. The starting point for the project will be in Naic, Cavite. The structure will pass through Corregidor Island, and reconnect to Mariveles Bataan. The plan details a total of four lanes, a toll plaza, turnaround facilities, and a special span bridge near Cavite’s coast. 

No time-frame has been released yet by NEDA-ICC, nor is there news about the studies conducted around it. In whatever case, the bridge could decongest the roadways leading to and from Metro Manila by providing a quick alternate route between the two provinces.

Source: Auto Industriya 

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