Motorists who frequent Plaridel, Pulilan, Baliuag and who frequently take the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, relief from traffic is on the way although it will still take a little more than a year.
Phase II of the Plaridel Bypass Road is set to be finished by June 2017 as 86.16-percent of it is has already been completed. The Plaridel Bypass Road project includes construction of 11 bridges, 2 interchanges, 5 overpasses, an intersection and two service roads, one each side along the Toll Road, along section Burol to Angat River.
It aims to decongest vehicular congestion in the town of Plaridel and urbanized areas such as Pulilan and Baliuag, and various sections of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway from Plaridel to San Rafael, Bulacan.
Starting from Barangay Borol in Balagtas along the North Expressway, the Plaridel Bypass Road connects to Maharlika Highway in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael, Bulacan allowing motorists to bypass the agricultural lands of five municipalities in Bulacan namely Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos and San Rafael. Upon completion, the project will cut travel distance by 5 kilometers and shorten travel time by 45 to 50 minutes and relieve from existing road networks some 15,000 vehicles.
"The Plaridel Bypass Road is an arterial road of 24.61 km that will link the NLEX in Balagtas, Bulacan with the Maharlika Highway in San Rafael, Bulacan. It will bypass the town proper of Plaridel and urban areas of Pulilan and Baliuag along the existing Maharlika Highway, to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion at the core urban areas along the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway road section from Plaridel to San Rafael, Bulacan," said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar.
Villar emphasized that construction will go on 24/7 until the project meets its deadline of completion to give the public full access to the Plaridel Bypass Road by July 2018.