Quinapondan bridge approach collapses

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


AN APPROACH of a bridge under rehabilitation in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar collapsed Tuesday dawn, leaving the Samar South Coastal Road impassable to all types of vehicles.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Eastern Samar district engineer Ricardo Odita said the bridge is still intact but its approach has been closed to traffic after shoring materials collapsed.

“The scouring was triggered by heavy rainfall Tuesday night and passing of trucks weighing more than the 10-tons load limit set while the bridge is still under retrofitting. We are helpless in curbing violations since heavy equipment pass the bridge midnight,” Odita said in a phone interview.

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The Quinapondan Bridge is within the major highway linking Tacloban City, Eastern Samar’s capital city of Borongan, and the province’s most progressive town of Guiuan.

With the collapse of the bridge approach, alternate route from Tacloban to Borongan and other Eastern Samar towns is the cross country road connecting Paranas, Samar and Taft, Eastern Samar.

The DPWH has implemented a P18-million rehabilitation works for Quinapondan Bridge this year for fear that that it might collapse if left unimproved.

The bridge was constructed decades ago and the last improvement works was implemented in 1997, according to Odita.

The project was awarded to Ormoc-based MAC Builders last year and actual repair commenced early this year, with about 30 percent accomplishment as of last month.

“There is an ongoing repair works by the contractor using coco log and steel materials to make it passable even just to light vehicles by Wednesday afternoon,” Odita added.

Odita confirmed that some bridges in Eastern Samar were built 40 years ago, which is beyond the usual bridge maintenance period of 25 to 30 years.

Among these old bridges lined up for rehabilitation this year are Layog Bridge, Giporlos Bridge, Lawaan Bridge, Arteche Bridge, Dolores Bridge, Pinaculan Bridge, Binaloan Bridge and Talisay Bridge.

Of the 12 bridges proposed for funding assistance from the United Kingdom, three are located in Eastern Samar, according to the DPWH.

Record shows that the province has 90 permanent bridges with a combined length of 4,540 meters. The province’s national road network has a total length of 320.61 kilometers with 145.78 kilometers made of asphalt, 18.53 kilometers gravel road, and 156.29 kilometers concrete pavement. (Leyte samar Daily Express)

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