THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking for potential bidders for the P1.204-billion Plaridel Bypass Road Project that will start from Bustos to San Rafael, Bulacan.
In a statement, DPWH said that procurement activities for the 7.74-kilometer highway continuation of the Plaridel Bypass Road Project from Bustos to San Rafael, Bulacan has started, with prequalification and bidding documents available at the DPWH for all interested civil work contractors.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that both local and foreign contractors may bid for the rights to undertake contract package 4 of Plaridel Bypass Road scheduled for public bid submission on October 20, 2014.
Meanwhile, DPWH said construction activities for contract package 3 involving the 1.12-kilometer bridge crossing Angat River has commenced last July 2014.
Contract packages 3 and 4, which are components of Arterial Road Bypass Project, Phase 2 funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will complete the more than 24-kilometer highway running in a north-eastern direction from Km 32 of North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Burol, Balagtas, Bulacan to Km 57 of Philippine Japan Friendship Highway, also called Daang Maharlika, in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael, Bulacan.
As specified in the guidelines under the Japanese official development assistance (ODA) loans, the two envelopes procedure or modified single stage will be the basis in the pre-qualification of bidders for contract package 4.
The contract duration for the project will be 780 calendar days. Site visits are set on September 18-19, 2014 while the pre-bid conference is set on September 29, 2014.
Meanwhile, project director Virgilio Castillo of the DPWH Roads Management Cluster 1—Bilateral, Unified Project Management Office, reported that joint venture partners Shimizu and FF Cruz have already mobilized men and equipment at the 2.22-kilometer contract package 3 project in Barangay Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan.
The project will involve the construction of 1.12-kilometer, 8.25 meter-wide Angat Bridge which will consist of seven spans of pre-stressed concrete continuous box girder to be erected by balance cantilever method on a bored pile foundation of between 21 meters and 29.50 meters in length.
DPWH said that the project will also involve construction of a 40.86 lineal meters bridge, a 1.06 kilometer concrete pavement, and provision of drainage structure, grouted riprap, additional cross drain; and installation of road signs, guardrails, and pavement markings.
Present activities of the contractor include clearing, site development and construction of facilities for the engineer, and conduct of joint survey works and sampling of materials with project supervision consultant Renardet S.A. Consulting Engineers and Nippon Engineering Consultants.