Proposed Cavite-Bataan bridge gets NEDA approval, will be a toll road

Last January, reported about the proposed 32-kilometer bridge that will link the provinces of Cavite and Bataan over Manila Bay. The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB), as it will be called, will link the two provinces via a bridge from Naic, in Cavite, to the historic Island of Corregidor and finally to Mariveles, at the tip of Bataan. The projected cost of the project is PhP187-billion, which will be paid for with loans from Asia Development Bank's Official Development Assistance (ODA) program.

Just recently, the mega project has been approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board. With it, NEDA has confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee's (ICC) approval of the mega bridge.

Sub-400cc not allowed

Unfortunately for the average Juan dela Cruz rider, after the required feasibility study being conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways and its attached agencies are done, and its eventual construction, he or she will still have to take the long and lonely McArthur Highway when going to Bataan or Cavite. 

This is because the bridge will be a toll road, just like the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) or South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) where sub-400 cc motorcycles are outlawed.

Let's just hope that our government reconsiders allowing all motorcycle riders, regardless of bike displacement, to use and enjoy the BCIB. Or perhaps even lower the minimum displacement of motorcycles for toll roads.