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New Pantal bridge, diversion road complete by March 15

Dagupan City (13 February) -- The Dawel-Pantal–Lucao road and bridge projects are set to be completed on March 15, six months ahead of the September 2008 target.

"Constructions are in full swing," Engr. Ruperto Daoana, representative of the contracting firm Toyo/Tobishima, said during the ocular inspection and joint meetings of the socio-economic and bio-geophysical sectoral monitoring teams last Thursday in barangay Pantal.

"We are 37 days away from finishing the bridge," he added. Formal turnover of the twin projects however is yet to be announced.

The joint sectoral monitoring team meetings were attended by various project stakeholders, including the local councils of Lucao, Pantal, Poblacion Oeste and other non-government organizations.

"This critical collaboration process is imperative with all the project partners (because) we need to do things right by engaging the broad base of civil actors to the project,"said Engr. Benedicto Molano of the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office.

The meeting focused on preliminary observations and recommendations by the stakeholders, representatives of line agencies, city government and barangay officials covering broad base of issues on "spatial design, structural safety, security, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, road right-of-way, restoration of partially damaged infrastructures, environmental impact assessments and conservation of the remnants of the old and historic Franklin bridge.

Councilor Lino Fernandez and Lilian Yasar, barangay chairmen of Lucao and Pantal respectively, have recommended the creation of police outposts at both ends of the new highway as an effective deterrent to criminal elements. The local village heads likewise pledged regular patrolling by civilian volunteers in their respective jurisdictions.

Daoana assured the installation of lamp posts at the bridge by next week, while various directional and safety signs and speed limit billboards will be erected by March. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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