It will soon be easier to traverse Pampanga from Bulacan and vice versa as a bridge connecting them is nearing completion. The new bridge named “Pampanga Delta Bridge” will open next year, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH has recently announced that the bridge is now 88 percent complete. It is scheduled to finish in September next year (2023) as there were disruptions in the advancement of work brought about by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the agency, the Php 556.6 million 270-meter bridge connecting Pampanga and Bulacan is a “crucial component of infrastructure development.”
Once completed, the bridge will stimulate investment and growth with better connectivity for Masantol and Macabebe, known as Pampanga’s center of aquaculture development with the fastest growing food-producing activity on the northern coast of Manila Bay having hectares of fishponds for shrimps, bangus, tilapia and crabs.
“At present, these municipalities are exchanging trades through long routes passing Apalit, Pampanga,” Undersecretary Emil Sadain said in a statement.
The project involves the construction of a concrete deck bridge made of five spans of steel box girders supported by four piers and two abutments resting on bored piles of two 1.5-meter diameter at both abutments and six 1.8-meter diameter at piers.