Friday August 17, 2018

Villar: Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge a reality

PUBLIC Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said the Panay-Guimaras-Negros bridge is a reality.

“It’s a reality. The full feasibility is now ongoing and the preparatory works will start as early as next year,” said Villar, who was in Bacolod City on December 19 for the inauguration of the Araneta-Magsaysay flyover.

Once realized, the Panay-Guimaras-Bridge will be the longest bridge to be constructed in the country through a grant from China.

“They volunteered to do the feasibility study for free and the construction of the bridge will be simultaneous,” Villar said.

The estimated budget of the 19-kilometer bridge is pegged at $2 billion.

Iloilo to Guimaras is about six kilometers, while Guimaras to Negros is 13 kilometers.

The longest bridge in the country now, Villar said, is the San Juanico Bridge in Leyte which is two kilometers.

“We will do our best to finish the project before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends,” he said.

The Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge has been endorsed and approved by the Regional Development Council-Western Visayas.