ORANI, Bataan - A total of P160 million worth of infrastructure projects, including asphalt overlay works along Roman Expressway, have been completed in Bataan, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported yesterday.
DPWH 1st District Engineer Wilfredo S. Mallari said widening of the Roman Expressway from Layac all the way to Mariveles in the South and also Dinalupihan going to Olongapo City has made Bataan more accessible to Manila, Clark in Pampanga, and Subic in Zambales.
In addition, the ongoing widening and re-blocking of large parts of the Roman highway is complemented by the fast-tracking of asphalt overlaying in the DPWH 2nd District, led by Engr. Medel Chua, said Mallari.
Due to these major road improvements, travel time from the entrance of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) in Palihan to Subic Bay is now only about 12 minutes, while the road trip to Clark in Angeles City has been cut to only 25 minutes, he said.
Within this summer season, the DPWH Regional Offices completed a total of 29 infrastructure projects in Central Luzon, said Mallari.
DPWH Regional Director Antonio Molano Jr. said "15 of these projects amounting to P1.4 billion was sourced from the 2012 carry-over fund while the other 14 worth P2.3 billion came from the 2011 carry-over fund."
Molano said projects being under the 2012 carry-over fund include the P60.82-million widening and paving of the Sta. Maria By-Pass Road including drainage canal; the P67.80-M gravel to paved Eastern Bulacan Road (June 2012-January 2013); the P94.3-M gravel to paved Eastern Bulacan Road (May 2012-January 2013); the P109-M replacement of damaged bridge and widening of McArthur Highway including rehabilitation and improvement of existing pavement, loading and unloading bays, and right-of-way;
The P75.53-M paved-asphalt to paved -asphalt Daang Maharlika (June 2012-March 2013); the P81.4-M paved-asphalt to paved-asphalt Daang Maharlika (June 2012-April 2013); the P143.80-M widening-gravel of McArthur Highway including rehabilitation and improvement of existing pavement, loading and unloading bays, and right-of-way (March 29, 2012-February, 2013);
The P1.15-M construction of the Department of Trade and Industry bodega in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga; the P200,000 installation of rainwater collection system facilities at the DPWH Regional Office; the P1-M repair and maintenance of drainage and sewer lines at the DPWH Regional Office; the P2-M repair of transient hall of DPWH Regional Office; the P37-M construction of new Colgante bridges and approaches along Apalit-Macabebe road; The P29.2-M construction of tail dike breaches and repair of tail dike slip section at San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike; the 57.74-M 50mm thick asphalt overlay in Jct. Layac-Balanga-Mariveles Port Road; and the P86.3-M 100mm thick asphalt overlay in Tarlac-Sta. Rosa Road.