DPWH says 40% of bridges damaged by Typhoon Frank now replaced

June 28, 2010 10:21 pm 

CABATUAN,Iloilo, June 28 – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday disclosed that 40 percent of the bridges that were totally damaged by Typhoon Frank in 2008 have been replaced.

The typhoon destroyed 35 bridges in Western Visayas, 11 of them totally damaged.

DPWH regional director Rolando Asis said that eight of the 11 bridges that were totally damaged were in Iloilo and to date, their agency has completed the total replacement of four bridges.

The damaged bridges in Iloilo included Tigum and Amerang in Cabatuan town; Daja and Tubang in Maasin; Baltazar Aquino in Leon; Camanggahan in Guimbal and Misi and Pajo in Lambunao.

“All projects are already passable but 40 percent has been permanently replaced,” he said.

Those that were replaced included Misi, Daja, Tubang and Tigum, he added.

The Tigum Bridge was inaugurated by no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday.

Its construction was prioritized because it connects the main route from Iloilo City to other central towns of Iloilo province.

Meantime, Asis looked forward to complete the construction of other bridges by first quarter of 2011 “barring other unforeseen events that are beyond man’s control.”

The construction of the sub-structures of Baltazar Aquinio and Camanggahan Bridges was already done while fund for the construction of the E. Marcos Bridge in Maasin was already made available. (PNA) LAP/ajp/PGLena

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