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PIA Press Release
2006/10/29

P10-M for Bernard Reed bridge retrofitting released

Tacloban City (October 29) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)Regional Office 8 announced that P10 million funding for the retrofitting of Bernard Reed Bridge has already been released.

Assistant Regional Director Romualdo Baltazar informed that the retrofitting project will soon be bidded. He said that the bridge was built long time ago when very few land transport vehicles were plying the route.

These days, when all vehicles going south and coming from the south pass by the bridge, it must be retrofitted in order to be able to accommodate the heavy vehicles passing through.

The Bernard Reed Bridge is very important because it links the city of Tacloban to the Southern part of the Philippines. If the bridge is destroyed, Palo and the other Southern part of the archipelago will be inaccessible by land since there is no alternate route yet going to Palo.

ARD Baltazar who is the OIC Director until Director Jaime Pacanan comes back from his official travel abroad, said, the retrofitting of the Bernard Reed Bridge will make its structural design able to accommodate big vehicles.

The St Bernard Reed Bridge retrofitting will start as soon as the bidding and the notice to proceed has been served the winning bidder, ARD Baltazar informed.

It has always been the worry of regular commuters from Tacloban who commute through the Bridge in Palo, Leyte in going to Southern Leyte through Tanauan, Palo, Dulag route and those commuters going to Alangalang , Ormoc or Biliran province, that if the bridge collapses, they will not have any other route.

ARD Baltazar said that the Eastern By-Pass Road and the Western By-Pass Road are now in the anvil in order to provide alternative access road going to Palo and other parts of the province.

With the advent of President Gloria Macapagal’s Super Regions, the Department of Public Works and Highways are seeing to it that the infrastructure components of the Medium Term Development and Investment Plan of the Region are funded and implemented. With the infrastructure ready and in place, there will be no doubt that the Tourism industry of the Region will prosper, ARD Baltazar intimated. (PIA 8) [top]

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