A faster way of traveling by land from Cavite all the way to Bataan could be possible in the future. Under the government’s Build, Build, Build! Program, a 32.1-kilometer bridge connecting Cavite and Bataan might see the light of day.
It is called the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB), and it is currently undergoing a feasibility study by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Projected to cost around PhP 187 billion, the mega project has been recently approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board. With it, NEDA has confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) approval of the mega bridge.
Once construction officially begins, it will involve the building of viaducts (land and marine), as well as two long-span bridges. It will start at Naic, Cavite, pass through Corregidor Island, and then end at Mariveles, Bataan. The bridge will also have a total of four lanes (two lanes per direction), a toll plaza, turnaround facilities, as well as a special span bridge near the Cavite coast.
Should the bridge be opened sometime in the future it will significantly reduce travel time from Cavite to Bataan (and vice versa) from five to six hours, to maybe around three to four hours. Also, it might help decongest North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) as motorists can now directly travel between Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.
There is no exact timeline yet as to when construction will begin since it is still being studied, and it was just recently approved by NEDA. But just imagine how traveling between southern, central and northern Luzon will be once BCIB is complete. More road trips anyone?