“The 32 km Bataan Cavite Interlink Bridge is feasible,” Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said today, November 29 confirming that the feasibility study for the said project is completed.
“We are now working to complete the detailed engineering design,” Secretary Villar added.
In October this year, DPWH signed the contract agreement for consulting services worth PHP3.03 billion for the Detailed Engineering Design (DED) of the said project.
DPWH said parties to the contract agreement that gives the green light to conduct the DED 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).
The 32.15-kilometer project – from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan crossing Manila Bay and terminating in Barangay Timalan, Naic, Cavite – aims to reduce the 5 hour travel between two provinces to 20 to 30 minutes.
In January this year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project.
NEDA said the project involves “the construction of two navigation bridges, interchanges, land viaducts, turnaround facilities, special span bridge near Cavite coast, toll plaza and administration building, as well as the improvement of local existing junctions.” It noted that the project will be implemented over a period of six years.