Philippines awards engineering design contract for Bataan-Cavite bridge project


The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has awarded a contract worth $59m for the detailed engineering design of Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project on Manila Bay in the Philippines.

The contract has been awarded to the joint venture of US-based T.Y. Lin International and Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants, working in partnership with Renardet and the Philippines-based DCCD Engineering.

The PHP175.7bn ($3.6bn) project, which is being developed with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will include the construction of two long-span bridges totalling 32.1km.

Upon completion, the bridge will connect the provinces of Bataan and Cavite, which are located northwest and southwest of the capital Manila.

The project, which is being developed under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) programme, is aimed at increasing the economic growth of the country. ADB is gearing up to assist the construction of this flagship project in 2022.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain said: “This marks an important milestone for the BBB program, which aims to accelerate infrastructure development, increase the economy’s productive capacity, generate more jobs, and strengthen the investment climate of the country to ensure a sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

“We are looking forward to working with ADB as we progress into implementing this project in the next five years.”

When completed, the project will reduce the travel time to 40 minutes from five hours. This will also remove traffic on the North Luzon Expressway, which is the main access road to provinces north of Metro Manila.

ADB principal transport specialist for Southeast Asia Witoon Tawisook said: “The project will help transform the regional economies of Cavite, Bataan, and provinces further north of Bataan through improved connectivity, new economic opportunities, and jobs.

“Once started, the construction of the bridge is expected to create at least 3,000 construction jobs.”

The project was granted in January 2020 by the National Economic Development Authority Board.

ADB had approved a loan of $200m in December 2019 as additional financing for the project’s Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility. The loan helped the government’s feasibility study and engineering design for the bridge project.


Design perspective of the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project. (Credit: DPWH)

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