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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 

Construction, repair of 62 bridges part of $214M MCC Samar road project

by Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 24 (PIA) -- The construction and rehabilitation of 62 bridges in Samar and Eastern Samar are part of the Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNRDP) under the Philippine Compact with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Rene Galapon, project engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 8, said that of the 62 bridges, 17 are for total replacement, 42 are for rehabilitation and repair, and three are for completion.

Under package A of the project, 28 bridges are involved: 12 bridges are for minor rehabilitation; three bridges are due for super structural replacement; six will undergo sub-structural repair, pier retrofit, and pier replacement; and seven bridges are due for total replacement.

Package B includes 34 bridges: 16 of which will undergo minor rehabilitation, four are due for pier retrofit, and 14 are due for total replacement.

The SNRDP involves not only the construction and rehabilitation of a 220-kilometer of existing roads and bridges covering two provinces in Samar Island but also involves road widening, drainage installation, and other road safety improvements, Engr. Galapon said.

The roads project is expected to accrue to economic benefits by lowering vehicle operating costs, enables people greater access to commercial activities as well as to their basic needs, Galapon added.(PIA 8)

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