7 new bridges constructed in Mt Province
by Andrew Doga-ong
Bontoc, Mt. Province (15 November) -- This hinterland river-rich province has so far received seven concrete-reinforced steel bridges implemented under the President's Bridge Program (PBP) even as local officials here batted for more structurally-sound bridges for the province.
Engineer Esther Taynec of the Maintenance Section of the Mountain Province Engineering District (MPED) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said these seven new constructed bridges replaced the almost half a century old bailey bridges, four of which are located along the Bontoc – Kalinga national road Mt. Province road section and three at the Talubin, Bontoc – Barlig – Natonin - Paracelis national road.
MPED records show that there are still 17 bailey bridges within the national roads that are being proposed for replacement under the PBP.
Earlier, Governor Maximo Dalog asked Regional Development Council Acting Chairman and National Economic Development Authority Director Juan Ngalob, and Director Mariano Alquiza of DPWH to include the replacement of the bailey bridges along the provincial roads in the priority lists of bridges to be funded under the PBP.
Highway engineers and local officials here preferred the bridges constructed under the PBP saying it provides structurally-sound permanent bridges as it also ensures quality work and durability, cost less and can be erected ahead of schedule.
With funding assistance coming from foreign donors such as United Kingdom, Australia or Japan, the bridges constructed under PBP make use of bridging materials coming from the donor countries.
Batting for the replacement of bailey bridges in the province into full concrete or concrete-reinforced steel bridges, engineers and local officials said these age-old bailey bridges poised danger to motorists and commuters due to their dilapidated and severely deteriorated conditions.
Engineers said maintenance and repair of these bailey bridges are very expensive especially that they are easily damage during typhoons and other natural calamities.
The PBP is one of the flagship projects of the government designed to improve transportation networks to spur socio-economic growth in rural and urban centers as it hastens the flow and movement of people, goods and services. (PIA-Mt. Province) [top]