P453M allotted for strengthening of bridges to withstand earthquakes
PALO, Leyte – At least 40 bridges in Eastern Visayas were identified either for replacement or strengthening, to withstand seismic activities, with the central government allotting P453.76 million for the project.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Rolando Asis said majority or P353.44 million budget will be allocated for strengthening of existing bridges, P93.31 million for replacement of temporary bridges, and P7 million for completion of ongoing construction.
“All of these bridges programmed for repair and construction next year will be resistant to earthquake damages to ensure that major road networks will be passable during disasters. These can withstand up to intensity 7.5 quakes,” he added.
In Leyte, scheduled for rehabilitation in 2013 are the P34.68million San Joaquin Bridge, P4.2 million Cotcot Bridge, P3.69 million Pareña Bridge, P6.86 million Talisay Bridge, P4 million Bitanhuan Bridge, P10 million Dungca-an Brudge, and P3 million Hilusig Bridge. Lone project in Biliran is the P7 million Bagongbong Bridge.
Up for replacement of old bridges in Leyte are the P7.20 million Bawod Bridge, P9.09 million Catmon Bridge 1, P10.80 million Hacienda Maria Bridge 1, P9.18 million Manlawaan Bridge 1, P9 million Tabing Bridge, P5.54 million Tabunoc Bridge 1, and P7.34 million Ul-og Bridge. Bailey bridges form part of road networks in Leyte’s third district. The bridge is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge developed during World War II for military use.
New bridges identified for construction in Leyte are P19.2 million Busay Bridge, P18 million Balagnon Bridge, and P21 million Libas Bridge.
In Southern Leyte, the DPWH plans to strengthen are the Agas-Agas Bridge (P20 million), Bogasong Bridge (P3.5 million), Cawayan Bridge (P12 million) Divisoria Bridge (P16 million) and Nailong Bridge (P4.2 million). Proposed for replacement are Salvacion Bridge 1 and 2 with a combined cost of P8.4 million.
Also included are retrofitting in Northern Samar of P10.5 million Colab-og Bridge, P15.4 million Enriquita Bridge, P12.6 million Marayondoyon Bridge, P51.8 million Palanit Bridge, and P10 million San Miguel Bridge. The government will also replace Calarayan Bridge with a project cost of P9.78 million.
Listed for rehabilitation in Samar are the P34.71 Bugtong Bridge, P20 million Malaga Bridge, P10 million Manok Manok Bridge, P20 million Peòa Bridge, P25.76 million Rosales Bridge, P16.1 million Catbalogan Diversion Bridge, and P8.62 million Rawis Bridge. Some P17 million will be allocated for Bagacay Bridge replacement.
There will be no bridge repair in Eastern Samar since rehabilitation of the road network will be financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. (Sarwell Q. Meniano)
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