PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
DPWH 2 to start rehab of main bridges in Cagayanby Thelma C. Bicarme
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to start the rehabilitation of Lucban bridge in Abulug, Pamplona bridge in Pamplona and Magapit bridge in Lallo, all in Cagayan province.
In an interview over Radyo ng Bayan, Assistant Secretary Eugenio Pipo said the repair of the said bridges has been scheduled for 2012, stressing that there is an urgent need to renovate them for the comfort and safety of motorists.
Pipo said the Lucban and Pamplona bridges will be completely demolished and torn down to give way to the construction of new bridges, considering that these bridges are already irreparable and need to be replaced.
On the other hand, Pipo said the Magapit bridge need not be demolished to save commuters from taking boats to cross the river.
“There is a proposal from the DPWH-hired consultant that a carbon fiber-reinforced material may be applied to strengthen and extend the life of the bridge and so that it can be used by all kinds of vehicles while it is undergoing repair,” Pipo explained.
He added that these projects will be fast-tracked for the benefits of the residents of Cagayan province and Cagayan valley region as well.(TCB/PIA 2)