DPWH exec: Construction of Dungon Bridge generates P3.5M savings

October 16, 2012 10:52 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Oct 16 -– The Dungon Bridge project of the national government in Jaro district here generated a savings of P3.5 million and is not obscenely overpriced as claimed by a graftwatch group.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, in his letter to Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Citizens Infrastructure Integrity Watchdog based, said that so far, what was completed was a two-lane project at P617,262 cost per lineal meter and definitely not P1.44 million.

The Dungon Bridge project was going to be built for a total P49.38 million for a four-lane project and only two lanes were completed last month at a contract cost of P31.40 million to facilitate the passage of vehicles.

There were additional works of P2.45 million through variation order and P1.05 million for employees compensation that brings a total of P P34.9 million for the two-lane construction work.

On the other hand, an additional amount of P16 million is included in the proposed Infra Program of DWH for CY 2013 for the completion of the remaining two lanes including the demolition of the old bridge structure, Singson said.

The DPWH Secretary said there is no apparent discrepancy of almost P5 million in the funding of the project and the other two lanes will be constructed soon before the end of the year.

Ramos wrote the DPWH on Aug 13, 2012 and Sept 25, 2012 regarding the status of the Dungon Bridge project, saying replacement of the old bridge was unnecessary and was in good working condition. Similarly, the roads connected to the bridge only have two lanes.

Singson explained that the old bridge was constructed in 1948 per record and in existence for 64 years already.

Its structural stability has definitely weakened and adverse findings were noted to include major damage on the main structural members such as girders and slab cracks.

Under the BMS criteria of DPWH, Dungon Bridge was rated “bad” and included in the List of Priority Bridges Recommended for Replacement.

On the widening of Dungon Bridge from 2-lane to 4-lane structure, the annual average daily traffic based on CY 2010 Summary Traffic Data, the bridge and road is 23,047 vehicles and comparable to the AADT of 23,529 vehicles generated along the six-lane road of Benigno Aquino Avenue.

The bridge is located along Jaro-Mandurriao Road that connects the four-lane Iloilo-Capiz road, old route at the Jaro Plaza and the six-lane Iloilo-Jaro diversion road.

Singson said that considering that that the road provides linkage to these two road networks, the DPWH ultimate plan is to widen and construct a four lane road. The portion of road section is already four lanes specifically from junction Iloilo-Capiz road to junction Cuartero-Jaro road. (PNA)

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