DPWH opens new 24-km arterial road in Bulacan

Plaridel Bypass Road cuts 30 mins travel time from NLEX to Maharlika Highway

To shorten travel time to and from North Luzon Expressway, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently opened a new arterial road at Brgy. Burol 2nd in Balagtas, Bulacan, and the Philippines-Japan Friendship Highway in Brgy. Maasim in San Rafael, Bulacan.

The arterial road alignment traverses five municipalities of Bulacan namely, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos and San Rafael, bypassing the perennial traffic congestion at the core urban areas along the Philippines-Japan Friendship Highway, also called Maharlika Highway road section from Plaridel, Pulilan and Baliuag to San Rafael.

The Plaridel Bypass Road can accommodate 15,000 vehicles per day and cuts the travel time between NLEX-Balagtas to Maharlika Highway in San Rafael as much as 30 minutes. This road will also be a more convenient way to transport goods and services to and from Metro Manila towards the eastern part of Bulacan, and the adjacent Nueva Ecija province.

"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 DPWH Sec. Mark Villar.

The Plaridel Bypass Road Project Phase III will also be funded under an extended financial assistance of JICA to the Philippines through loan agreement PH-P266 amounting JP¥ 9.399 billion, signed on February 2018.