MAASIN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has kicked off the widening and strengthening of 10 permanent bridges along Southern Leyte’s national highways to complement the agency’s road expansion projects.
DPWH Southern Leyte district engineering office (SLDEO) chief Ma. Margarita Junia said they allotted P252.59 million for bridge widening projects this year, higher than the P141 million outlay in 2017 for bridge improvement activities.
“The expansion of bridges from two lanes to four lanes will provide convenient and safer travel to locals and visitors plying the province’s major thoroughfares,” Junia said.
The official added the field office here prioritized the widening of bridges along the national highway since these vital infrastructures provide significant link to motorists travelling from Luzon to Mindanao.
Works are underway for bridges of Bitanhuan (P47.64 million), Gakat (P17.3 million), Iti (P23.4 million), Nahaong (P17.3 million), Nahulid (P26.3 million), Oticon (P37.3 million) and Pangi (P18.75 million) bridges, all in Libagon town.
Also, construction continues for bridges of Buac (P16.5 million), Maac II (P22.5 million), and Magapso (P25.6 million) bridges in Sogod town.
The DPWH also designated alternative route as well as signs and traffic advisory informing the public of ongoing repair works.
For 2019, the DPWH-Southern Leyte had already submitted their proposed projects for the widening of 11 permanent bridges in Libagon and Liloan towns.
Pre-detailed engineering activities were already conducted to ensure timely implementation of these infrastructures once the national government approves the proposal. (PR)