2 Iloilo bridges ‘structurally unsafe’

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Monday, March 24, 2014


THE City Engineering Office (CEO) has confirmed that two bridges in Iloilo City are structurally unsafe, thus need immediate reconstruction.

City Engineer Roberto Divinagracia, who was tasked to conduct an immediate inspection, said Rizal Bridge in Lapuz district and the Loboc Bridge in Barrio Obrero are no longer safe for big trucks to pass through and must need immediate rehabilitation or reconstruction.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) earlier said that the two bridges are in advanced state of deterioration. Its district engineering office will soon reconstruct the bridges as part of P4.1-billion DPWH-Department of Tourism convergence program set to be completed before 2014 ends.

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But Mabilog asked the DPWH representatives to proceed first with the construction of the Rizal Bridge and delay the works for the Loboc Bridge for few months to allow only light vehicles to pass through Loboc before going to the city proper.

A signage will be placed at the Loboc approach to show no entry of 10-wheeler and other big trucks.

The repair of the Rizal Bridge, on the other hand, will start by first week of April, once the City Council approved an ordinance calling for the rerouting of traffic along the area.

Engr. Marilou Zamora, of the DPWH district engineering office, said the reconstruction of Rizal Bridge will cost P18 million for a span of 25 meters, including some 50 meters of road approach. The reconstruction is expected to be done by five months.

The contractor of the project is Gurrea Construction Corp.

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