CARIGARA, Leyte- The Jugaban Bridge was temporarily closed to vehicular traffic last Monday (July 24) to give way for a widening project.
The Jugaban Bridge, one of the major bridges in Leyte located along the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road, is expected to reopen by September 21 of this year.
Engineer Carlos Veloso, chief of the 2nd Leyte Engineering District Office, thus advises all vehicles from Tacloban to Ormoc cities and vice versa to utilize alternate route at Enage St., Brgy. Jugaban to Real Street, the Esperanza Street to the national highway.
Appropriate directional signs and traffic advisory have been installed to inform motorists on the bridge closure.
The district office also coordinated with the local government unit of Carigara as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP), barangay officials to provide assistance in managing the rerouted traffic.
The project cost P4.606 million and will span the length of 12.66 meters. Bridge widening project is to complement the road widening also being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways all over the area.
The Jugaban Bridge has been a two-lane bridge for many years now and is in need of a good repair.
Veloso has ordered the contractor for speedy completion with enough manpower to finish the project in accordance with the plans and specifications.
Veloso asked the public to bear the adverse effects of the bridge’s temporary closure, saying the expansion project will be for the greater good that could last a long time.
The DPWH has continued to lobby funding to widen all two-lane bridges in the region into four lanes as road widening continues to ensure safety among motorists and vehicles.
(AHLETTE C. REYES)