• Electric, telecommunication transmission lines delay DPWH projects in Pangasinan

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    LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: A number of projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Second Pangasinan Engineering District this year have been suspended and delayed due to the presence of electric, telecommunication and even water transmission lines within existing road right of ways, a DPWH official said Tuesday.

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    Second Highway District Engineer Yolanda Tangco said that at least three bridge projects of the DPWH in the second and fourth legislative districts in the province have already been given revised completion dates due to pending request to affected utility service providers to relocate their lines.

    These projects are the Lucao Bridge II widening in Barangay Lucao, Dagupan City; San Jose Bridge Phase 1 construction in Barangay Baay, Lingayen; and Quiray Bridge replacement in Aguilar town.

    Tangco disclosed that the DPWH national office has recently issued an order prohibiting utility service provider-companies in setting up their transmission wires and cables within the DPWH road right of way in order to prevent project delays .

    The district engineer said that the Lucao Bridge II widening is presently 44.39 percent of its completion.

    With the problem, its revised completion date is on November 8 this year.

    “We had suspended work due to the presence of electric and water cables,” Tangco said.

    This means that the daily circuitous detour from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Barangays Calit in Binmaley to Lucao, Dagupan City will continue until the completion of the project.

    For the San Jose Bridge project, Tangco said that they are waiting for the action of telecommunication companies to remove their high tension wires blocking the entrance of the DPWH board piling equipment.

    The revised completion date for this project is on December 9, she said.

    Meanwhile, the bridge replacement project in Aguilar which began last February 21, is set to be completed by the end of October, with previous work suspension due to transmission lines.

    As of the second week of August, Quiray Bridge is 64 percent completed. PNA

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