of 62 bridges part of $214 MCC Samar road project
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
construction and rehabilitation of 62 bridges in
Eastern Samar are part of the Secondary National Roads Development
Project (SNRDP) under the Philippine Compact with Millennium Challenge
Engr. Rene Galapon of
the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 8, who is
the Project Engineer, informed that of the 62 bridges, 17 are for
total replacement, 42 are for rehabilitation and repair and three are
for completion as they are now ongoing.
Under package A of the
project, 28 bridges are involved. These include 12 bridges that are up
for minor rehabilitation, three (3) bridges which are due for super
structural replacement, six (6) will undergo sub-structural repair,
pier retrofit and pier replacement and seven (7) bridges are due for
Package B includes 34
bridges, 16 of which will undergo minor rehabilitation, four (4) are
due for pier retrofit, and 14 are due for total replacement.
The SNRDP involves not
only the construction and rehabilitation of a 220-kilometer of
existing roads and bridges covering two provinces in Samar Island but
also involves road widening, drainage installation and other road
safety improvements, Engr. Galapon said.
The SNRDP begins at
the junction of Pan Philippine Highway and Buray (Wright) in Western
Samar and passing along mountainous terrain to Taft, Engr. Galapon
From Taft, it
continues southward along the coastline of
Eastern Samar ending in Guiuan, passing through a total of 15
municipalities. The roads project is expected to accrue economic
benefits by lowering vehicle operating costs, and saving the time of
people living near the roads thus enabling them to have greater access
to commercial activities as well as to their basic needs, Engr.
The project recognizes
DPWH standard right-of-way limit, the DPWH engineer said.
However, in an
attempt to minimize disruption to the inhabitants and users along the
road, the right-of-way shall be limited to the construction limits,
which is estimated at this time to have a width spanning the existing
road width plus approximately 2-3 meters on each side of the existing