NEW CLARK CITY — Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) completed the P3.70 billion first phase of New Clark City (NCC) to Clark International Airport access road.
Expected to provide faster and easier access to the airport’s new passenger terminal, phase one involves the 5.33-kilometer portion of the road project, including the 900-meter bridge crossing the Sacobia River in Bamban, Tarlac.
“The pandemic should be fought across all fonts. Advancing infrastructure projects is one way to bounce back. We are fulfilling our commitment to deliver key infrastructure projects as these will help the Philippine economy get back on its feet and propel growth,” BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and Chief Executive Officer Aristotle Batuhan said.
Under the General Appropriations Act, a total of P8.2 billion was allocated for the construction of the entire 19.83 kilometer access road project, which is divided in three phases.
Upon completion, it will lessen the travel time of motorists from NCC to other districts of Clark from the usual 45 minutes to 15 minutes.
The P2.72 billion phase two of the project is the development of the 8.80-kilometer Aranguren-Dapdap section.
It is 62.16 percent constructed as of end-2021 and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2022.
Meanwhile, the P1.86 billion phase 3 involves the completion of the 5.70-kilometer Dapdap-Calumpang section.
It is 31.03% constructed as of end-2021 and is targeted for completion by the second quarter of 2022.
Both phases 2 and 3 feature a six-lane road with bike and pedestrian lanes, roadway lighting and linear parks.
The NCC to Clark International Airport access road will be opened to motorists after the completion of all three phases by the second quarter of 2022.
SOURCE: Trixie Joy B. Manalili – PIA3