Earlier this year, we reported about the proposed 32-kilometer Bataan-Cavite toll bridge, which is envisioned to connect the two provinces over the historic Manila Bay. The project is expected to cost at least ₱187-billion in tax payer’s money.
Just recently, Public Works secretary, Mark Villar, has reported that the feasibility study for the proposed “big ticket” project has already been completed. And the good news is, construction above Manila Bay is very much feasible.
“The 32 km Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge is feasible. We are now working to complete the detailed engineering design,” updated Villar through his official social media page.
Also, the DPWH on October already inked the start of detailed engineering design (DED) activities for the mega bridge project which will be carried out in the next 15 months.
Part of the government’s Build, Build, Build Program, the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project involves the construction of a 32.15-kilometer four (4) lane bridge with 2 lanes each direction. It will start from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan crossing Manila Bay and terminating in Barangay Timalan, Naic, Cavite.
The bridge is also planned to have an exit at Corregidor Island, giving tourists easier access to the historic location.
Other than reducing travel time and lowering vehicle operating costs, the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide opportunities for expanding economic growth outside Metro Manila as well as support the development of the seaports of Cavite and Bataan as premier international shipping gateways to the country, Secretary Villar added.