DINALUPIHAN, Bataan- While the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) is closely monitoring the ongoing infrastructure works under the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo (GSO) Bataan Road Project Phase II, the Department of public Works and highways is rushing also the road widening of the Super highway that will lessen travel time from Manila to Bataan, Olongapo and Zambales.
DPWH district engineer Wilfredo S. Mallari of the 1st engineering district, said that the four lane national highway from San Fernando City all the way to Bataan will be finished soon as the portion of the Hermosa and Dinalupihan towns are now being rushed all the way to Olongapo City and Mariveles town in Bataan.
Mallari said that Rep. Minia Roman has wanted to fast-track the road widening along the Bataan highway that the Bataan solon herself has initiated the additional funding of the said super highway.
In the Second district, DPWH engineer Reynaldo Venturina said that the four lane highway from Balanga City all the way to Mariveles town had been actually completed, together with the widening of the once narrow zigzag road in Alas-asin, Mariveles.
The road widening here was initiated by Gov. Abet S. Garcia, Rep. Tet Garcia and the DPWH regional office.
From this town to Manila is now only One hour and 15 minutes away while going to nearby Clark is only 25 minutes away passing thru the SCTEx.
“This is meant to ensure the smooth implementation of the project as well as identify the different issues and concerns in order to address them in time for its target completion this October,” RDC-RPMC Chair and National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director Severino Santos said.
Among those that were visited include the project’s Line 1, which involves the widening of the existing 11.30-kilometer Sta. Cruz, Lubao -Hermosa road from two lanes to four lanes, and construction of eight new bridges where four are located in Pampanga while the remainder are in Bataan.
Moreover, Line 2 consists of asphalt concrete overlay and improvement of shoulders on the existing two-lane, 3.02 km road from Layac Junction to Dinalupihan town proper in Bataan.
It also replaces and expands from two lanes to four lanes the two old bridges in the area.
RDC-RPMC likewise inspected works at the City of San Fernando part specifically the pedestrian overpass and ongoing expansion from six lanes to 14 lanes of the 1.72-kilometer stretch from the North Luzon Expressway rotunda to Dolores fly-over.
“The completion of GSO Road Project Phase II will provide safer, convenient, and faster travel for motorists bound to tourist and business destinations in Bataan and Zambales,” Santos added.
After the inspection, the group also convened for a problem solving session wherein they have identified and addressed issues such as the obstructions on the road right of way, communication and electric poles and cables, and the change in design of pavement from Asphalt Concrete to Portland Cement Concrete Pavement.
The project came into fruition through loan assistance by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund of Korea.
It is being implemented by Department of Public Works and Highways in partnership with Seoyeong Engineering Co. Ltd. and Korea Consultants International Co. Ltd.