The development of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) for Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project is set to begin after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) signed the contract agreement of consulting services worth PHP3.03 billion with the bid winning consultants procured by Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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).
DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Management Office Operations (UPMO) Emil K. Sadain said the DED scheduled from November 2020 to January 2022 will be funded by an additional financing for the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under a signed loan agreement last December 2019 between the ADB and Department of Finance.
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.
“This Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide a permanent road linkage between the two (2) provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region in order to reduce the journey time and ease traffic congestion through Metro Manila,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.