TACLOBAN CITY – A new multi-million bridge has been considered as a priority of the Leyte second engineering district (2nd LED) of the Department of Public Works and Highways for 2017.
The new bridge, to be named as Binahaan Bridge located along the Jaro-Dagami-Pastrana Road, will have more than P 200 million in fund out of the total P 1.7 budget under the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2017.
The bridge will traverse along Binahaan River, a body of water that is a water source for the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) for its distribution to the towns of Pastrana, Sta, Fe, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dagami, Tabon-Tabon and Dagami.
The river also irrigates 6,317 hectares of farmland in Leyte.
Engineer Carlos Veloso, chief of the 2nd LED, said that the bridge is just timely as the changing climate is causing the waters to rise up making passage across the river difficult.
The Binahaan River’s estimate terrain above sea level is only 1 meter.
The project is likewise seen to address the easier transport of goods and livelihood of population living along the river.
Meanwhile, other projects included in 2017 NEP P 1.7 capital outlay are the widening of bridges along the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road, asphalt overlay, reblocking of national roads and flood control system. (AHLETTE C. REYES)