SCTEX Bailey Bridge opens Sept. 10-A A +A
Sunday, September 8, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced the opening of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) Bailey Bridge that will allow motorists to pass through the Clark-Porac portion of the freeway.
BCDA President Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said the Bailey Bridge will be open to traffic at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 10.
“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,” Casanova said.
BCDA assured that the closed segment of the toll road will be open to traffic at the least possible time without compromising the safety of the motorists, he added.
Engineer Joshua M. Bingcang, BCDA manager for SCTEX Services, said the Bailey Bridge will be open first to Class 1 or light vehicles only.
He added that 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.
“We are doing this to ensure the safety of the motorists,” Bingcang said.
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).
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).
The Bailey Bridge has a maximum capacity of 25 tons that can accommodate up to Class 3 vehicles.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the BCDA completed the 49-meter temporary bridge in nine days.
Last August 19, strong river current caused by Typhoon Maring eroded some 10 hectares of land from the banks of the Pasig-Potrero River. This resulted in the damage of a segment of the toll road that serves as an approach to the Pasig-Potrero Bridge.
For traffic updates, motorists are advised to call the SCTEX hotline at 0920-96SCTEX or 3-5000.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 09, 2013.