10 September 2013

BCDA opens Bailey bridge at segment of SCTEX

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) today opened a Bailey bridge along the Clark-Porac segment of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

"The bridge will serve as a temporary relief to the damaged segment of the toll road that serves as an approach to the Pasig-Potrero Bridge," BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said.

Last August 19, the strong current initiated by the Tropical Storm 'Maring'-enhanced Southwest monsoon caused massive erosion of up to 10 hectares of land from the banks of the Pasig-Potrero river which battered that part of the 94-kilometer SCTEX.

The 49-meter long structure, which has a maximum capacity of 25 tons, was built by BCDA and Department of Public Works and Highways in a span of nine days.

It is initially open to Class 1 or light vehicles only.

After stabilization of the support base of the Bailey bridge, it will be open to Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles in the next two weeks.

In the meantime, Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles coming from Manila or Tarlac going to Subic/Tipo, are advised to exit at the Clark South Interchange then take the Clark Friendship-Manibaug Road going to Porac Interchange (to enter SCTEX).

Likewise, Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles from Subic/Tipo going to Tarlac or Manila may exit at Porac Interchange then take the Manibaug-Friendship Road going to Clark South Interchange (to enter SCTEX).

"We recognize the vital role of the SCTEX in the socio-economic growth and development of Central Luzon being the main artery in the delivery of goods and services in the region. That is why the BCDA made sure that the closed segment of the toll road be open to traffic at the least possible time without compromising the safety of the motorists," Casanova said. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)