The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB) project could soon become a reality in the next few years. Eight months after the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) approved the mega project, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the detailed engineering design (DED) of the BCIB will begin soon.
This was made possible after the DPWH inked a PhP 3 billion design contract for the said bridge. The design study for the BCIB will be carried out in the next 15 months, with the Asian Bank Development (ADB) set to choose the winning bidders.
“This Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide a permanent road linkage between the two (2) provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region to reduce the journey time and ease traffic congestion through Metro Manila,” said Villar.
The DED, which will take place from November 2020 until January 2022, will be funded by 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 proposed bridge project is into seven different packages. Package 1 – Bataan Land Viaduct (5.04 km), Package 2 – Northern Marine Viaduct (8.0 km), Package 3 – Southern Marine Viaduct (12.6 km), Package 4 – Approach Viaducts to Northern and Southern Navigation Channel Bridges (2.6 km), Package 5 – Navigation Channel Bridges (2.6 km), Package 6 – Cavite Land Viaduct (1.31 km), and Package 7 – Ancillary Buildings.
The mega bridge project will span 32-kilometers in total and set to become the longest bridge in the country. It will have four-lanes in total (2 lanes per direction), a toll plaza, turnaround facilities, as well as a bridge span near the Cavite coast.
Once completed, the bridge is expected to cut travel time between Cavite and Bataan from the current 5 hours to just 20 – 30 minutes with an average speed of 60 km/h. Not only will this hasten travel time between Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog, the DPWH expects that it will also support the development of seaports between Cavite and Bataan.
Despite not having an exact date yet as to when construction of the BCIB will begin, it's good to know that the DPWH is adamant about making this mega bridge project a reality in the not so distant future. We're keeping our fingers crossed that work on the said bridge will be able to start in the years to come.