MAASIN CITY: The Department of Public Works and Highways Southern Leyte District Engineering (DPWH-SLDEO) is bracing for the massive rehabilitation of old bridges in the province in the next two years.
District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia said 47 bridges will be rehabilitated in 2016 while more structures are now subject to Bridge Management System (BMS) for 2017 repair activities.
This year, 37 bridges were subjected to retrofitting, rehabilitation and strengthening funded for P408 million. For 2016, activities require P576.97 million, which accounts to more than a third of the P1.45 billion proposed budget for next year.
Listed for 2016 major repair are bridges of Lilloan, Magaupas, Magkasag, Mayuga, Nahaong, Agogong, Awayon, Biliran, Bonbon, Caaga, Calayugan, Calian, Candatag, Canluwis, Canlupao, Cantamuac, Canumay, Casao, Concepcion, Dinahugan, Higusoan, Hilogtogan, Hipgasan, Iniguihan.
Also up for rehabilitation are bridges in Looc, Mag-ata, Mahalo, Mapait, Maslog 1, Maslog 2, Padre Burgos, Pintuyan 1, Pintuyan 2, Sagbok, San Joaquin, San Jose, San Ricardo, San Roque, San Vicente, Sangaahon, Son-ok, Sta Cruz 1, Sta. Cruz 2, Sudmon, Timba, and Villa Jacinta.
“Some of these bridges have been existing since 1970s. There’s really a need for these bridges to undergo major rehabilitation,” Junia added.
The province has 153 bridges along the national road with a combined length of more than two kilometers. Southern Leyte has the most number of bridges in the region that accounts for 139 made of concrete and 14 are steel.