USAid turns over bridge in ComVal

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Friday, December 6, 2013


THE United States Agency for International and Development (USAid) turned over the newly-rehabilitated Compostela Bridge to the Provincial Government of Compostella Valley on Thursday.

In an e-mail sent to media organizations, the USAid said the bridge has "reinforced concrete piles embedded on the riverbed to an average depth of 2.5 meters were used to support the stone masonry retaining wall that protects the exposed slope of the riverbank and the bridge abutment."

It also stated "the masonry retaining wall was constructed on the 70-m riverbank stretch that is most vulnerable to future scouring by meandering riverflow. To attain standard vertical alignment and prevent from future scouring, the approach roadway on each side of the bridge (30 m on Approach A and 20 m on Approach B) were filled with approved embankment materials and fully concreted with Portland Cement and the exposed embankment slope fully protected with grouted riprap armoring."

"The bridge, damaged by Typhoon Pablo, provides access to barangays into the municipal center. With its rehabilitation, it will encourage businesses to return to communities, stimulate economic activities, and help in the recovery of the area," USAid general development officer for Mindanao Lee Forsythe said in his message.

Compostela Mayor Lema Bolo said the bridge will help the government reach the planned infrastructure projects in the municipality and it will provide safety passage for their constituents.

The bridge was turned over to Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy by Forsythe.

Aside from the turnover of the bridge, USAid and local officials also did a site visit of the P2.5 million rehabilitation of the Compostela market building.

In a briefer, the bridge is part of the 16 infrastructure support of USAid which are four trading centers, five bridge rehabilitations, one foot bridge, five barangay bridges, and one market building.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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