WIDENING WORKS at Plaridel Bypass in Bulacan will be completed by the end of the month in time for an April launch, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

More than two kilometers (km) of the 24.61km Arterial (Plaridel) Bypass road is being widened to four from two lanes.

“The added two more lanes for the 2.22-kilometer portion of existing bypass road is ready for inauguration anytime this April 2021 and motorists will soon be able to freely use this section,” the department said in a press release on Friday.

Under this project, the widening of a 1-km road and the construction of two bridges will be done by the end of March, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said.

DPWH said the widening should cut the average travel time of 15,000 motorists travelling between Burol, Batangas to Maasim, San Rafael in Bulacan to 24 minutes from 69 minutes.

The project has funding support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The expansion is expected to address traffic diverted from Maharlika Highway. — Jenina P. Ibañez