THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) advised bus drivers and motorists that the Saliring Bridge in Malabuyoc town, Cebu, will be closed tomorrow, June 30.

Engr. Jocelyn Orcullo, maintenance chief of Cebu’s Fourth Engineering District, said this will be done to allow workers to remove the bailey panels that were placed to support the bridge.

Sixteen bailey panels were put to support the Saliring Bridge after its approach was damaged by typhoon Quennie in November.

It was once again impassable after tropical storm Seniang hit Cebu, including Malabuyoc, last Dec. 30.

Saliring Bridge is located in Barangay Sto. Niño, some 127 kilometers away from Cebu City.

The bridge has a capacity of five to 10 tons. It connects Barangay Poblacion Malabuyoc and the town of Ginatilan.

Advisory

Orcullo told Sun.Star Cebu that the DPWH has already put up tarpaulins with the traffic advisory in Carcar City and Samboan town informing the public about tomorrow’s closure of the bridge.

She said her office will try its best to finish the job within the day, and open the bridge back to the commuters.

Orcullo said that a team will stay in the area to monitor and respond if problems arise after the removal of the panels.

She said she already informed the manager of Ceres Bus Liners and other bus operators about the temporary closure of the bridge.

The DPWH 7 will also ask the assistance of a contractor that currently doing an asphalt overlay project from Ginatilan to Malabuyoc in taking out the bailey panels.