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PIA Press Release
2010/06/01

Gov't starts P48.16-M rehab of Butuan's 50-year old Magsaysay Bridge

Butuan City (June 1) -- The P48.16 million rehabilitation works on the more than 50-year old Magsaysay bridge that connects Butuan to Cagayan de Oro, Surigao City and Davao City started on Tuesday.

The rehabilitation of the 220.16 linear meters long Magsaysay bridge hopes to strengthen more its super and sub-structures, said Butuan City?s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) District Engineering Office (DEO) district engineer Nicolas O. Alameda.

Magsaysay bridge is believed to be the oldest bridge in Northeastern and Northern Mindanao regions.

The rehabilitation works include the removal and replacement of the four girders block of the existing bridge pavement and setting up drive and dike files as well as the setting up of armor rock files in the A and B sides of the bridge.

Starting Monday, all 6 wheeler trucks and above were being re-routed in the southwestern side of the city passing the new state-of-the art Diosdado Macapagal bridge, also this city.

And, by the second week of June, also this year, the Magsaysay bridge will be totally closed to traffic for the round-the-clock ground works, Alameda said.

The ground works of the Magsaysay bridge will last up to 300 days round-the-clock rehabilitation and construction.

The regional office of the DPWH Caraga made the bidding while the DEO Butuan made the implementation of the project.

"We will finish this project according to its timeline and if possible ahead of schedule," said Region XIII DPWH director Dr. Evelyn T. Barroso.

She also said that the ADFIL Construction was directed to hit its target timeline to maintain a continuous flow of goods and services in the Northeastern, Northern and Southern Mindanao regions. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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