MANILA - State-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) plans to spend P207.18 million on infrastructure projects aimed at providing motorists a speedy, comfortable and convenient travel while plying the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

The agency identified the 6 projects as follows:

  • P71.62 million Long-Term Permanent Works at Pasig-Potrero Bridge of SCTEX;
  • P18.96 million Gumain Bridge’s Pier Nos. 5 & 6 Protection Works;
  • P7.13 million Construction Management and Supervision of the Long-term Permanent Works at Pasig-Potrero Bridge of SCTEX;
  • P68.48 million, Heavy Maintenance Works along SCTEX – Asphalt Pavement Resurfacing;
  • P12.43 million Heavy Maintenance Works along SCTEX – Bridge Revetment, Slope and Drainage Repair Works; and
  • P28.56 million Fortification Works of the SCTEX Pasig-Potero Bridge.

Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive said 5 of the 6 projects are still in their early stages of implementation.

He said the fortification of the SCTEX Pasig-Potero Bridge is on track and is expected to be completed by end-July, just in time for the torrential rains that usually come starting August.

“We are on track in completing the fortification works by the end of July so that when the strong rains come, the structural integrity of the Pasig-Potero Bridge and the temporary Bailey Bridge will not be compromised and ensure the safe travel of the motorists plying the SCTEX ,” Casanova said.

Casanova said the fortification, which is part of the long-term permanent repair, involves the installation of concrete sheet piles around the damaged abutment of the Pasig-Potero Bridge. An abutment refers to the substructure at the end of a bridge span whereon the bridge's superstructure rests.

He said that the installation of concrete sheet piles will secure the eroded slope of the bridge abutment as well as its exposed bored piles from further scouring by strong current of floodwaters during the rainy season.

Last year, the strong river current initiated by the heavy downpour during 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 that caused the damage to a segment of the toll road that serves as an approach to the Pasig-Potrero Bridge.

Joshua M. Bingcang, BCDA manager for SCTEX Services, said the P68.48 million Asphalt Pavement Resurfacing just recently started. It involves the resurfacing of the worn-out asphalt pavement along sections of SCTEX.

“It is expected to be completed in 120 calendar days and ensure the smooth travel of motorists along the toll road,” Bingcang said.