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By-pass bridge at Hagonoy, Davao del Sur, now open to the public

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (2 April) -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region XI has announced that the newly-constructed By-pass Bridge and approaches along Tologan-Sto. Nino road in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur is now open to the public.

DPWH Assistant Regional Director Rey Tamayo said the Padada bridge along Digos-Makar road, Guihing, Hagonoy Davao del Sur has been closed to traffic since Monday (March 31) to pave way for its total demolition and reconstruction. Motorists are advised to use the newly completed By-pass Bridge as a detour route.

In an interview over "ARENA XI" radio forum together with DPWH regional construction division chief Engr. Zeny Tan; Engr. Danny Jaravata; and Engr. Marcial Quieta, ARD Tamayo said that the contractor (Grace Construction/Ulticon Builders, Inc.) of the Padada bridge project has placed a "Notice to the Public", including traffic signs in conspicuous areas to be easily seen by the public informing motorists to use the newly-completed By-pass bridge for the smooth total reconstruction of the project.

The Padada main bridge is expected to be finished before the end of this year amidst the frequent rain and flooding at the project site.

The bridge project component, including the bridge and road approaches, has a contract amount of Php226,982,195.93, said ARD Tamayo.

Earlier, during an infrastructure forum held at Davao del Sur with Governor Douglas Cagas; DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut and DPWH XI Director Jerome dela Rosa, USEC Yabut committed that the By-pass Bridge would be finished by April 15 this year. Fortunately, the contractor was able to complete the By-pass (detour) bridge earlier than expected (last March 30).

Meanwhile, Engr. Zeny explained that once the Padada main bridge project reconstruction would be finished, a smooth flow of traffic and transport of farm products and services would be assured for commuters and motorists.

"Please bear with us for the inconvenience", lamented Engr. Tan. While the contractor has been trying their best to lighten the burden of the public, we have no choice but for commuters and motorists to pass a longer distance in traversing a detour route by passing the newly constructed By-pass Bridge.

Guaranteed of high quality, the contractor was instructed to hurry up and finish the project. Before the year ends, the main bridge might be completed earlier than expected. (PIA) [top]

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