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PIA Press Release
2007/04/19

Davao TMC prepares for traffic come opening of classes

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (19 April) -- This early, the Davao City traffic management center (TMC) is already studying how to manage traffic come opening of classes this June with the city's oldest bridge closed to traffic.

TMC head Celso Gempesaw during The Club 888 Forum held yesterday (April 18) said a team is undertaking the study as they foresee a much heavier traffic when classes start.

He said the current road "crisis" that was brought about by the damaged Generoso Bridge I caused heavy traffic that brought inconvenience to the public.

It also caused business instability in the city, he said.

The bridge popularly known as Bankerohan Bridge broke down early morning of April 12 due to the damage of one of its posts and the weakening of the concrete used in the bridge structure.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways, Gempesaw said the foundation weakened because of scouring.

He said the Bankerohan Bridge is an important structure that connects to the major thoroughfares of the city.

"With the bridge closed for rehabilitation, vehicles during peak hours have to be rerouted to Sandawa Road then to Bolton Bridge although we are trying to open alternate routes to unload traffic so as not to overload also the other bridge," he said.

In an earlier report the DPWH assistant regional director Hadji Pundidato Mitnug said their department has already requested for a P350 million budget for the construction of a new bridge although he is not certain when the fund is going to be released.

The new bridge will use bore filling for its foundation, a more sturdier structure compared to the old post and requires excavation of the river bed before the concrete is poured.

Bankerohan Bridge which is 161.07 meters went through three repairs already since it was built in 1957. (PIA XI) [top]

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