BCDA bids out P122.27-M SCTEX bridge projects

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The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), owner and builder of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), is bidding out two infrastructure projects worth a combined P122.27 million to ensure the safety and convenience of motorists and the efficient delivery of goods and services via the SCTEX.

BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said the BCDA is inviting contractors to bid for the long-term permanent works at the Pasig-Potrero Bridge and the protection works for Piers 5 & 6 of the SCTEX Gumain Bridge.

Casanova said the long-term permanent works at the Pasig-Potrero Bridge involves bridge construction and drainage, slope protection work, as well as earthworks, sub base and base course, and surface courses. The approved budget of the contract is P99.6 million.

In August last year, a strong river current triggered by heavy rains at the height of
Typhoon Maring set off a massive erosion of up to 10 hectares of land from the banks of the Pasig-Potrero River. This caused damage to a segment of the toll road that serves as an approach to the Pasig-Potrero Bridge.


A bailey bridge was constructed and was opened to the public in September 2013 as a temporary measure to ensure unimpeded traffic flow until such time as the permanent works for the Pasig-Potrero Bridge is completed.

The second project is the protection works for Piers 5 & 6 of the SCTEX Gumain Bridge, which has a contract price of P22.66 million. The project consists of earthworks as well as drainage and slope protection works to ensure that the strong river currents will not affect the integrity of the bridge.

Eleanor Atienza, chair of the BCDA Bid and Awards Committee for SCTEP and Infrastructure, said bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships; and partnerships, corporations, organizations or joint ventures with at least 75 percent interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.

She added that prospective bidders must have at least a license category “B” and a license classification “Medium A” from the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) for general engineering on roads, highways, pavements, railways, airport horizontal structures
and bridges. The PCAB license must be valid and effective at the time of submission of the bid.

A complete set of bidding documents for the protection works for Piers 5 & 6 of the SCTEX Gumain Bridge and the long-term permanent works at the Pasig-Potrero Bridge may be acquired by interested bidders until May 5, 2014 at the BCDA Corporate Center 2/F Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st St. cor. 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of P25,000 and P50,000, respectively.

Atienza said the bid documents for both projects can also be viewed at the BCDA website www.bcda.gov.ph.

Both pre-bid conferences for the long-term permanent works at the Pasig-Potrero Bridge and the protection works for Piers 5 & 6 of the SCTEX Gumain Bridge will be held on April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm respectively at the BCDA Corporate Center.

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