DPWH to reconstruct 2 city bridges as convergence projects-A A +A
Friday, March 21, 2014
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) district engineering office will soon start the reconstruction of two bridges in Iloilo City as part of the tourism road projects under the DPWH-Department of Tourism convergence program.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said a consultation with stakeholders regarding the road closure was held Friday, March 21, to listen to reactions of jeepney drivers, homeowners, barangay captains, private vehicle owners and drivers.
Mabilog also asked the DPWH representatives to proceed first with the construction of the Rizal Bridge in Lapuz district and delay the construction of the Loboc Bridge for few months to allow vehicles to pass through Loboc before going to the city proper.
He said no road or bridge construction in the city will proceed without an ordinance approved by the City Council.
The Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office will submit the traffic rerouting plan to the council calling for the road and bridge reconstruction projects.
Engr. Marilou Zamora, of the DPWH district engineering office, said both bridge projects, including the approach roads, are part of the convergence road program that must be completed before the end of 2014.
She said both bridges were found to be structurally unsafe and must be reconstructed within the year to give way to safe tourism roads.
The Rizal Bridge and approach spanning 25 meters has a P18-million fund, while the Loboc Bridge spanning 20 meters has a funding of about P14 million. Both bridges will be constructed in five months or 150 calendar days. The winning contractor of both bridge projects is Gurrea Construction Corp.
Construction of the Rizal Bridge will hopefully start on April 1 until completed by the end of August 2014.
Construction of the Loboc Bridge will be delayed for some time as DPWH is waiting for the completion of the Baldoza-Ticud Bridge within one and half months to become an alternate route.