P-Noy orders emergency works on collapsed Tarlac bridge

July 7, 2010 12:21 pm 

MANILA, July 7 — Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has ordered the DPWH-President's Bridge Program Office (PBPO) to conduct immediate repair/restoration works on the collapsed Cubcub-San Bartolome Bridge, a 40-year old structure along a barangay road in Mayantoc, Tarlac.

With the directive of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to immediately respond to emergencies, Singson immediately instructed DPWH Assistant Secretary and concurrent PBP Executive Director Emil K. Sadain to dispatch a team of engineers in collaboration with DPWH Region 3 engineers to come up with recommendations on the repair scheme for the steel bridge that collapsed mid-day of July 4, 2010 due to overloading of two passing hauling dump-trucks.

Undersecretary for Luzon Operation Romeo S. Momo and Sadain jointly inspected the bridge site to personally lead in the mobilization of repair team and conduct coordination meeting with the concerned Regional Office and Local Government Unit heads of Tarlac to discuss the issue on rampant overloading.

DPWH Region 3 Director Alfredo G. Tolentino has also directed Assistant Director Domingo L. Mariano to supervise the immediate clearing works on the collapsed bridge.

For the meantime, the PBP will come up with soil investigation while mobilization of PBP construction equipment and materials will be within the week for the piling works for the new structure.

However, Sadain expressed caution on the structural stability of the existing piers and recommended the conduct of integrity test and he also urged the construction of a new permanent structure.

The DPWH PBPO has responded to similar emergencies in the past, with Bued Bridge along Manila North Road in Sison, Pangasinan damaged at the height of typhoon "Pepeng" in 2009 as among its recently restored bridges.

The completion of restoration works for the damaged three-span superstructure that corresponds to 107.25 linear meters portion of the total 525 linear meters Bued Bridge facilitates permanent and safe passage of goods and travelers in this major bridge at a cheaper transport cost.

Aside from its emergency response to situations, the PBPO under the new administration continues its mandate of improving the country's overall transportation system by building bridges to sustain urban area decongestion, eco-tourism, local trade and industries, countryside development, improvement of peace and order, LGU empowerment, and provide employment opportunities to local populace. (PNA)

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