By Glen S. Ramos
MASANTOL, Pampanga — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Senior Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain today announced that the construction work on the Pampanga Delta Bridge Project located in Masantol, Pampanga is now eighty-eight percent (88%) complete.
Sadain stated that the project is an important part of the government’s infrastructure development as it will promote economic growth in the Municipalities of Masantol and Macabebe in Pampanga and Calumpit, Hagonoy, and Malolos City in Bulacan.
“At present, these municipalities are exchanging trades using long routes passing Apalit, Pampanga,” he added.
The 257-meter bridge project is funded at ₱566.6 million which includes the construction of concrete deck bridge made of five (5) spans of steel box girders supported by four (4) piers and two (2) abutments resting on bored piles of two (2) – 1.50-meter diameter at both abutments and six (6) – 1.80-meter diameter at piers.
“Once opened, it will stimulate investment and growth with better connectivity for Masantol and Macabebe which are known to be Pampanga’s center of aquaculture development, the fastest growing food-producing activity on the northern coast of Manila Bay having hectares of fishponds for shrimps, bangus, tilapia and crabs,” Sadain said.
The bridge’s estimated completion date is scheduled for September 2023. (ai/mtvn)