The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hopes to finish by June of this year the Plaridel Bypass Road Phase II, Package 3 to help ease the traffic in its surrounding areas.
“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,” added DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
As of January 30, 2017, 86.16 percent of Package 3 of the bypass road has been completed while Package 4 is still at 22.92 percent.
"We will maintain 24/7 operations in the area to meet our project deadline. We will continue to do so until the project is completed," Villar noted. "By July 2018, the public will have full access to the entire project."
The Plaridel Bypass Road is a 24.61-kilometer arterial road that will link the North Luzon Expressway in Balagtas, Bulacan with the Maharlika Highway in San Rafael, Bulacan. When completed, the bypass would include the construction of 11 bridges, two interchanges, five overpasses, and one intersection. The project also includes the construction of two service roads, one on each side along the Toll Road, along the section of Burol to Angat River.
"The Plaridel Bypass road will reduce travel time by about 45 to 50 mins and will divert about 15,000 vehicles from existing road networks," shared Villar. "Travel distance will also be shortened by about 5 kilometers."