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Replacement of damaged Isabela bridge finally underway

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MANILA, May 29 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is constructing a new bridge to replace a typhoon-ravaged bridge in Isabela that has long been closed to traffic.

DPWH Region 2 Director Melanio C. Briosos said that works have started for the construction of 450-meter Pigalo Bridge located along Alicia-Angadanan-San Guillermo Road crossing Cagayan River in Barangay Pigalo, Angadanan, Isabela that was damaged by typhoons Pedring and Quiel in 2011.

Costing P482 million, the project involves construction of a 10-span bridge and approach spanning 450 lineal meters with carriageway width of 7.32 meters both abutments and 9 piers rest on bored piles.

“This is going to be a better, more durable bridge that will benefit those who have been risking their lives and properties crossing the old ravaged bridge,” said Director Briosos. The replacement of Pigalo Bridge will drastically reduce travel time between barangays on both sides of the town of Angadanan and San Guilllermo, Isabela.

The project has received an initial allocation in the 2017 General Appropriations Act following its conversion from provincial to national road.

“With the construction of a new bridge, residents will no longer be burdened in transporting their agricultural products to commercial centers nearby that would result to better agricultural output and productivity of the province,” added Director Briosos. (DPWH)