We've been reporting on the bridge rehabilitation and ground-up expressway construction happening in Metro Manila, but elsewhere in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) also has a number of road-infrastructure projects that it says will eventually link road networks and facilitate travel from Luzon to Mindanao.
In Southern Leyte, the DPWH has kicked off the widening of 10 bridges from two lanes to four lanes, in line with the road expansion currently happening along the province's major highways.
A total of P252.6 million has been allocated for these projects in the towns of Libagon and Sogod. In Libagon, the seven bridges undergoing expansion are as follows: Bitanhuan Bridge (P47.64 million), Oticon Bridge (P37.3 million), Nahulid Bridge (P26.3 million), Iti Bridge (P23.4 million), Pangi Bridge (P18.75 million), and Gakat and Nahaong Bridges (P17.3 million each). Magapso Bridge (P25.6 million), Maac II Bridge (P22.5 million), and Buac Bridge (P16.5 million) are located in Sogod. According to the DPWH, the projects are expected to be completed within 2018.
Speaking of completed projects, the DPWH also announced on September 7 that it has wrapped up the retrofitting work on the 60-year-old Sampao Bridge in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
The existing 49-lineal-meter structure was modified to make it "more resistant to seismic activity or ground motion," and to "[conform with] the latest DPWH bridge-design standards with enhanced load-bearing capacity." The total project cost was P8.3 million.
In Central Luzon, meanwhile, Samal Bridge and Pasac-Culcul Bridges 1 and 2 were formally inaugurated on September 6.
The new Pasac-Culcul Bridges in Minalin, Pampanga, replace two bailey bridges along the 15km diversion road that bypasses Santo Tomas and San Fernando. The overhauled Samal Bridge, situated along Junction Layac-Balanga-Mariveles Port Road in Bataan, replaces the old two-lane, steel-girder structure. The projects were under Stage 1 of the DPWH Bridge Construction Replacement Program (BCRP), and had a total budget of P85 million.
Also in Luzon, Stage 2 of the BCRP, scheduled to be completed by the end of September, covers the replacement of Langawan Bridge in Baler, Aurora; and Salvacion Bridge in Lupao, Nueva Ecija. Stage 3, meanwhile, will cover the replacement of Sabang Bridge in Baler, Aurora; Sibut Bridge in San Jose, Nueva Ecija; and Carael Bridge in Botolan, Zambales, by February 2019.