Works on multi-million bridge in Surigao del Sur nearing completion

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A mega bridge project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Surigao del Sur will soon be completed posting an accomplishment of 78 percent.

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This was disclosed by DPWH-Caraga Regional Director Danilo E. Versola, citing the construction of Php738-million Tago-Lapaz Bridge, a 12-span, 320 lineal meter bridge, connecting Barangay Poblacion, Tago and Barangay La Paz, Bayabas.

Versola said DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson ordered the DPWH-Caraga office to fast track the completion of the much delayed project which faced several stoppages in its phases of construction since 1991.

Singson, when he assumed office as DPWH Secretary, ordered all the bridge projects taking years to complete be finished under the term of President Aquino. One classic example of these bridges is the Aluling Bridge in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur which was conceptualized way back in 1978 with construction activities started in 1990. The bridge finally opened to traffic in March 2013.

The final stage for the completion of the Tago-La Paz bridge costing Php60 million involves the furnishing and launching of portions of span 7, 8 and 9; construction of spans 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9; construction of concrete railings both sides from pier 4 to pier 9; and the repair and construction of craneway.

The final stage of work may be finished this December if the weather permits, said Versola.

Situated near the Pacific Ocean, the project area usually experiences rainy weather condition during “ber” months which hamper the progress of works.

Upon completion, the Tago-Lapaz Bridge shall serve as an alternative bridge to the existing 200-meter old Gamut Steel Bridge along Surigao-Davao Coastal Road.

It will also shorten travel time within Surigao del Sur’s coastal municipalities, and eventually, improve the peace and order condition in the area boosting the economic activities in the whole province. PNA

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