Tabang bridge closed for 18 days for North South Commuter Railway works


GUIGUINTO, Bulacan—Tabang bridge in this town which connects Manila North Road, the North Luzon Expressway and the Maharlika Highway is temporarily ordered closed for traffic for 18 days starting on Tuesday, Dec. 5 to give way for the ongoing works in the 147 kilometer Clark International Airport-Calamba, Laguna North South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced. 

In an advisory to the motorists, DOTr and other partner government agencies in the project said the closure will only be until Dec. 22 and will immediately be opened again on Dec. 23 in time for Christmas. 

Concrete girders will be installed for the viaduct of the elevated train on top of the bridge. The particular viaduct will connect Malolos to the Guiguinto station of the NSCR and part of the 58.78% progress rate of the Phase 1 Tutuban to Malolos section. 

Phase 2 of the project from Malolos to Clark is already on 50.02 % progress rate, according to the DOTr.  

Motorists can use the KATUPARAN Road near the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Tabang toll plaza-Provincial Engineering Office (PEO)- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) route. 

The NSCR which will reduce the travel time between Malolos and Tutuban from 1.50 hours by bus to just 35 minutes started as a NorthRail project during the administration of former President Arroyo but it was halted by late former President Benigno Aquino III during his time. It only proceeded through the national government’s US$ 2.8 billion worth loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Build Build Build project of former President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Today, under the Build Better More infrastructure thrust of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the NSCR project is expected to be completed by 2028. 

According to Arlene Pascual, Bulacan Provincial Planning and Development Officer, the NSCR from Malolos-Tutuban worth P$1.99 billion is nearing its full completion.  Its Malolos to New Clark City section which is P23.40 Billion. 37. 50 km railway with 10 stations between Malolos and Tutuban will serve up to 300,000 passengers daily, she added.. 

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