DPWH, NLEX open phase 1 of Philippine Arena interchange
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX Corp. are set to open this week the first phase of the Ciudad de Victoria Interchange Overpass Bridge and Bypass Road project in Bocaue, Bulacan which provides direct access to the Philippine Arena.
The Arena is the venue for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 opening ceremony on Nov. 30.
“Wala pang isang taon, [the completion is] ahead of schedule po, kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa buong team ng DPWH… Especially now, with SEA Games, andami pong pupunta dito (It took less than a year and is ahead of schedule. I thank the team at DPWH for allowing the use of the project my the many people attending the Games),” Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar said in his remarks during the launching of the Philippine Arena Interchange Tuesday.
“Initially, the section from Philippine Arena to the southbound side of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will open on Nov. 29, while the southbound section (from north of NLEX) going to the Philippine Arena will open on Nov. 30 only for the SEA Games Opening Ceremony to give way to the remaining works of the interchange project,” NLEX Corp. said in a statement.
The Philippine Arena Interchange project includes an 80-lineal meter (four-lane) overpass bridge crossing NLEX, connecting Bocaue Municipal Hall, NLEX, Ciudad de Victoria, and Bocaue-Sta. Maria Bypass Road.
Another feature of the project is a 324-lineal meter four-lane bypass road connecting the Manila North Road and the Sta. Maria to Bocaue Bypass Road.
NLEX Corp. said the Interchange also has a “northbound entry and exit toll plaza and soon, a southbound toll plaza for better accessibility.”
The first phase of the project, with a contract value of P260.82 million, was started on Jan. 29, 2019 and targeted for completion on Nov. 24.
“The new interchange aims to improve mobility and accessibility within the Bulacan road network particularly in Bocaue, Sta. Maria, Pandi, Norzagaray, Angat, and other nearby towns,” NLEX Corp. said.
Mr. Villar said further: “May second phase pa po, may P600 million pa for the second phase, so mas lalong luluwag ang area ng Bocaue. ‘Yan ang commitment natin sa lahat ng Bolakenyo na tatapusin namin lahat ng projects sa lalong madaling panahon, especially during the term of President (Rodrigo R.) Duterte.”
The P600 million second phase of the project, which was started on Aug. 6 and targeted for completion on Nov. 27, 2020, features a 1.40-kilometer road from Ciudad de Victoria to Manila North Road; a 1-kilometer road from Ciudad de Victoria to Sta. Maria Bypass Road; and 1.62-kilometer road from Ciudad de Victoria to Marilao Road.
NLEX Corp. President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista said: “NLEX is keen on supporting the government’s infrastructure plan as it also provides travel convenience for motorists using the expressway system and opens up opportunities for local communities.”
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