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New Bankerohan bridge feared to miss Davao mayor's deadline

Davao City (4 October) -- City Traffic czar Celso Gempesaw said that he is unsure if the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) can beat the imposed deadline of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte which wanted the bridge to be finished by April.

The City Mayor then has wanted the bridge to be completed by December but with a change in bridge design and specifications specifically ordered by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which changed the original plan from a steel bridge to an all-concrete infrastructure, Mayor Duterte moved his deadline to a latter date.

According to Gempesaw, the contract to build the bridge has not yet been awarded to the winning contractor. The Traffic Management Center head says that infrastructure projects worth more than P50-million are bidded in the DPWH Central Office in Manila. He says that there have already been winning bidders but the contract has not yet been awarded.

However, according to Gempesaw despite the delay, DPWH-Southern Mindanao Director Hadji Pundidato Mitmug has assured him that the bridge will be completed by April next year. But Gempesaw said he cannot be assured unless the bridge construction will start.

Constructed 58 years ago as it replaced the wooden bridge destroyed by the Japanese Army during World War II. Governor Generoso Bridge was rendered impassable last April when one of its posts broke down, weakening its structure. A new-generation Governor Generoso bridge was given an estimated budget of P350-million.

Gempesaw however says that though his office has not received communication on the start of the bridge's construction, there are signs in which it will be happening soon. And one of which was the relocation of the high-tension wires of the Davao Light and Power Company then located under the second Generoso Bridge. The move necessitated the closure of the second bridge to vehicular traffic last Sept. 23-24.

According to Gempesaw the DPWH doesn't want a repeat of what happened when they constructed the Ma-a Bridge located in the City's Diversion road when three of its workers where electrocuted as one of the heavy equipment came in contact with the DLPC's live wire. (PIA XI) [top]

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