The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB) Project worth PHP175.7 billion funded through official development assistance (ODA) .
On January 29, NEDA said that the BCIB, along with 7 other projects, was approved. The Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) initially endorsed the project for approval.
“These projects are the building blocks of our people’s dreams and aspirations. As such, we intend to roll out as many as we can to ease congestion and spread growth throughout the country,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said.
According to NEDA, the project will help cut down travel time and ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila as well as South Luzon and North Luzon gateway through the construction of a 32.15-km, four-lane (two lanes each direction) bridge starting from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan, crossing Manila Bay and terminating in Barangay Timalan, Naic, Cavite.
“It also 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,” NEDA said.
It noted that the project will be implemented over a period of six years.