Contract for the Engineering Design of the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project Signed
Going from Bataan to Cavite will now be easier as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently signed a P3-billion contract for the engineering design of the 32-kilometre bridge known as Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project that will go over Manila Bay. The project which cuts travel time to around 30 minutes is to be carried out in the next 15 months with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) choosing the winning bidders.
The project connects Brgy. Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan to Brgy. Timalan, Naic, Cavite, and supports the development of shipping gateways in the country.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, “This Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide a permanent road linkage between the two provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region in order to reduce the journey time and ease traffic congestion through Metro Manila.”
He said, "Parties to the contract agreement that gives the green light to conduct the DED (detailed engineering design) from November 2020 to January 2022 are T.Y. Lin International Senior Vice President Sajid Abbas, Pyunghwa Engineering Executive Vice President Soo Young Park, Renardet S.A. Director Michele Coangelo, DCCD Engineering Corporation President Michael Roberto P. Reyes, and Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim of the implementing office DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral).”
According to the DPWH, the bridge consists of the following:
Package 1 – Bataan Land Viaduct (5.04 km)
Package 2 – Northern Marine Viaduct (8.0 km)
Package 3 – Southern Marine Viaduct (12.6 km)
Package 4 – Approach Viaducts to Northern and Southern Navigation Channel Bridges (2.6 km)
Package 5 – Navigation Channel Bridges (2.6 km)
Package 6 – Cavite Land Viaduct (1.31 km)
Package 7 – Ancillary Buildings.
When finished, this bridge is considered the longest bridge in the country.
Earlier to this contract signing, Presidential Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon said that this project will not push through anymore because of more immediate projects needed in line with this pandemic.