The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported that the Phase 2, Package 3 of the Plaridel ByPass Road in Bulacan will be completed this June 2017.
As explained by DPWH secretary Mark Villar, the Phase 2 of the bypass road will link NLEX in Balagtas, Bulacan to the Maharlika Highway in San Rafael, Bulacan. This will then bypass agricultural lands from the municipalities of Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos, and San Rafael.
It will bypass the town proper of Plaridel and urban areas of Pulilan and Baliuag along the existing Maharlika Highway, to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion at the core urban areas along the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway road section from Plaridel to San Rafael, Bulacan,” Villar added.
So far, the Package 3 of the project is already at 86.16% as of January 30, 2017, while Package 4 sits still at 22.92%. Yet, Villar promised that the DPWH will maintain 24/7 operations to meet the June deadline, and will keep doing so until the project's full accomplishment. He also added that the road will be publicly accessible by July of 2018.
As soon as the project is completed, the bypass road would include the construction of 11 bridges, 2 interchanges, 5 overpasses, and an intersection, as well as 2 service roads along Toll Road and a section in Burol to Angat River.
Villar expounded that the Plaridel Bypass Road will reduce travel duration by about 45 to 50 minutes and will reroute 15,000 vehicles from the existing road networks. Distance will also be cut by approximately 5 km according to the secretary.