A 32-KILOMETER, inter-island bridge that will cut travel time from five hours to just 20 to 30 minutes between the provinces of Bataan in Central Luzon and Cavite in Southern Tagalog will soon be constructed under the “Build Better More” program of the Marcos administration.
In his report submitted to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Manuel Bonoan, Public Works Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain said that they were looking to complete the detailed engineering design (DED) works for the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge by the first quarter of 2023.
“Marine geophysical surveys and geotechnical investigations in evaluating underground conditions and site characterization over the waters of Manila Bay are ongoing with an overall accomplishment at 55 percent to date,” the inspection report read.
Sadain said the geological aspects of the site have to be studied in detail given the nature of the project before the commencement of construction activities for said infrastructure flagship project, which was started by the past administration.
He added the project would be fast-tracked and would be completed under the Marcos government.
The project hopes to address Metro Manila’s perennial traffic congestion problem. The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge will introduce new expansion and economic growth opportunities outside of the metropolis with investors now setting up industries leading to the route of promising new land and marine viaduct highway to be built between Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4A (Calabarzon ).
Implemented by DPWH Unified Project Management Office-Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral), the project is being developed with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the DED contract awarded to the joint venture of TY Lin International and the Republic of Korea’s Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants, working with Switzerland-based Renardet and the Philippines’ DCCD Engineering Corp.
The bridge project includes the construction of two cable-stayed navigation bridges on either side of the historic Corregidor Island. Called the North Channel Bridge and South Channel Bridge, the structures will have main spans of 400 meters and 900 meters, respectively.
The bridge alignment crosses over Manila Bay — a natural harbor that is bound by Cavite and Metro Manila on the east, Bulacan and Pampanga on the north, and Bataan on the northwest.
Alignment in Bataan is located between the Roman Highway, then traversing the barren land area in Barangay Alas-Asin and skirting the shoreline of Barangay Mountain View in Mariveles.
In Cavite, the alignment will start from the shoreline of Barangay Timalan Balsahan in Naic, then traverse through the agricultural and residential areas, terminating at Antero Soriano Highway, which is in a relatively flat terrain in Barangay Timalan Balsahan and Barangay Timalan Concepcion.