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DPWH-13 fast-tracks bridge construction to sustain economy 

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DPWH-13 fast-tracks bridge construction to sustain economy 

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 18 — As the gateway to Mindanao, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 13 heightens road improvement of national highways along Daang Maharlika to achieve the region’s objective to become the Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Eco-tourism and Mining (FAME) hub of the country.

In Surigao del Norte province, the DPWH – Surigao del Norte Second District Engineering Office is fast-tracking the implementation of Alimpatayan bridge replacement in Brgy. San Juan, Alegria, which aimed at reducing traffic congestion and flooding in this part of the Daang Maharlika (Surigao – Agusan Section) to save time in the exchange of trade and industry from Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao.

The project involves the replacement of a bridge from 22.00m to 26.00m in length and from 6.70m to 13.40m in width with 106.00-meter long concrete pavement shouldering.

It also includes the installation of grouted riprap and metal guardrails to protect travelers from any untoward accidents. The bridge is projected to be finished in September 2021.

According to former Brgy. Kagawad Ramon Basil, water brought by heavy rains overflowed the old weak Alimpatayan Bridge, flooded nearby residences, and hampered economic activity crucial to local sustainability.

“Maayo na ning gi-construct karon nga bag-o kay nakatabang ni siya sa komunidad ug nakatabang isab sa komuter sa tibuok Province sa Surigao del Norte. (It is timely that we have the reconstruction of the bridge. It will be helpful to the community and to all the commuters in Surigao del Norte),” he said. (DPWH-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)