The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Philippines has plans to begin detailed engineering design (DED) activities of key Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project by Q1 2023.

The procurement of consulting services for the DED as well as tender assistance is underway and submission of bidding documents is slated next month.

The 32.47km-PGN Island Bridges Project, comprises two-sea-crossing bridges linking Panay Island, Guimaras Island and Negros Island in Region 6.

This is considered a large and complex project needing ‘comprehensive and high-standard’ engineering works from consultants who have wide experience in long-span bridges.

DPWH senior undersecretary Emil K Sadain said that the scope of engineering services feature preliminary design and review of the feasibility study and basic design; detailed engineering design and estimation of detailed construction cost; and procurement assistance.

The linkage between Panay-Guimaras, or Section A of the entire project, will comprise a sea-crossing bridge with a length of 4.97km and road approach with a total length of 13km.

The connectivity between Guimaras and Negros, or Section B of the entire project, will consist of a sea-crossing bridge with a length of 13.11km, road approaches with a total length of 5.49km and road connectors with a total length of 19.47km.

Earlier this year, the government secured a loan $56.6m from Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) for the engineering services of PGN Island Bridges.

The loan agreement was signed in May between the Department of Finance and KEXIM.

Following the construction of the interlink bridges, travel time for motorists as well as transportation of goods from Panay to Negros Islands through ferries/RORO will be shortened from three to four hours to just less than one hour.

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Image: The 32.47km-PGN Island Bridges Project will reduce commute time. Credit: Department of Public Works and Highways of the Philippines.