DPWH lists big-ticket projects for 2017

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), headed by public works Secretary Mark Villar, have listed down five major projects nationwide which will start next year.

The projects include Sta. Monica-Lawton-BGC Link Road Project, UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Connector Road, Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge and the multi-bypass project in Davao City.

The UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct is a 1,820-meter four-lane permanent viaduct which is expected to reduce travel time in Katipunan and C.P. Garcia avenues by 80 percent.

The Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge is an inter-island bridge project that will link the Visayan islands of Panay, Guimaras, Negros and Cebu.

Meanwhile, the Davao City Bypass Construction Project, a 44.6-kilometer tunnel and roadway structure intends to reduce travel time from Digos, Davao del Sur to Panabo, Davao del Norte by 55 minutes.

The Sta. Monica-Lawton-BGC Link Road, a 1.15-km bridge, roadway and viaduct structure, will connect Lawton avenue in Makati City to Sta. Monica, Fairlane and Brixton in Pasig City and Bonifacio Global City.

The projects are in consonance with the government's aggressive effort to close the huge infrastructure gap in the country. 

“At our highest, a maximum of 3.2 percent was pegged for infrastructure spending. This administration would like to raise the bar and address the deficit. It is the only way we could solve both traffic and flooding,” Villar said pertaining to a study conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about GDP expenditure in infrastructure. 


Source: Malaya Business Insight