A road-widening project on the arterial (Plaridel) bypass road linking North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway or Daang Maharlika in Bulacan province is on track, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In a report to Public Works Secretary Manuel Bonoan, Undersecretary Emil Sadain said three contract packages are ongoing to construct two new westbound travel lanes from NLEX in Barangay Burol, Balagtas town to Barangay Maasim in San Rafael town.
The P5.26 billion project will widen the road from two to four lanes, according to a Philippine News Agency report.
The report said the project was funded under a loan agreement between the Philippine government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It involves concrete paving on new lanes, installation of box culverts and drainage structures, construction of eight bridges and three flyovers and slope protection and miscellaneous structures.
According to the PNA report, Sadain, overall in-charge of DPWH flagship projects, together with Project Director Benjamin Bautista and Project Managers Basilio Elumba and Hermie Sablan, conducted an inspection, particularly at the 7.70-kilometer contract package 4 in San Rafael town.
The contract package under Sino Road & Bridge Group Co. Ltd is 90 percent complete and also covers the construction of a 318-meter Flyover No. 4 at the intersection along Kalsadang Bago.