CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The P25 million San Jose Panlumacan Bridge in this capital city is finally open to traffic starting Thursday, September 29.

This, after the two structures obstructing the bridge’s approach were torn down.

Six years after its construction, the bridge is now passable to vehicles.

The bridge was completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways in April 2016.

It was never opened as owners of the two houses refused to give way and contested the compensation based on right of way ROW law.

In August this year, Mayor Vilma Caluag moved to settle the long-standing issue by mediating with concerned parties.

An amicable settlement was met and demolition activities started on September 21.

Finishing works like the pavement of the bridge’s approach and repainting will still be conducted by the DPWH before it will be officially opened to traffic soon.

The San Jose Panlumacan bridge was constructed to provide access to the eastern and southern villages of San Fernando and nearby Mexico town.

Its opening is also in time for the upcoming opening of full in-person classes in November as it provides access to and from the University of the Assumption.