The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPHW) recently opened a new arterial road in the province of Bulacan. The 24km arterial road is aimed to shorten travel time to and from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Motorists can reach the road via an interchange at Brgy. Burol 2nd, Balagtas to the Philippines - Japan Friendship Highway in Brgy. Maasim, San Rafael, Bulacan.
The new arterial road will traverse through five municipalities of Bulacan namely, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos and San Rafael. This would bypass the traffic congestion commonly found along the Philippines – Japan Friendship Highway.
Inauguration of the newly 24.61 km stretch of road was held last April 30. Present during the inauguration ceremony was DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar together with Minister Keiichi Ishii of the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Ambassador Koji Haneda was also present during the ceremony along with their respective entourages.
"With the Plaridel Bypass Road now serving as a key link to the growth corridor connecting the eastern part of Bulacan with Metro Manila and agricultural zones of the adjacent Province of Nueva Ecija, the need to upgrade and expand through widening the carriageway of Plaridel Bypass Road is obvious which DPWH will be already doing under the Build Build Build program of the President Rodrigo R. Duterte administration," said Villar.
According to the DPWH, the Plaridel Bypass Road can accommodate around 15,000 vehicles per day. It will also cut travel time between NLEX-Balagtas to Maharlika Highway in San Rafael by as much as 30 minutes.
Together with the inauguration, Villar also announced the beginning for road widening works from the current two lane to four lanes on the Plaridel Bypass Road. Together with the Japanese officials Villar also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the widening of the newly opened arterial road.