By Betheena Unite
Students will not have to miss class during high tide while motorists will no longer have to pass through four villages to get to Ormoc City once three road projects in Barugo town in Leyte are competed, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
One of the three road projects is the construction of Minuhang Bridge, which needs to be replaced as it is easily submerged during high tide, causing students to skip classes, according to District Engineer Carlos Veloso.
Motorists are also forced to pass through a longer route whenever the bridge is not passable.
Minuhang Bridge, which has a total allocation of P150 million, is expected to be completed by March 2019. It will connect the towns of Barugo and Babatngon.
Two more projects will be implemented in Barugo town as part of the agency’s goal to connect the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc.
Another bridge — Balud Bridge — will be constructed with a P115-million budget.
Minuhang and Balud bridges can also be used as an alternate route in the event that Tacloban-Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road is not passable, Veloso said.
Transport of goods will be easier once the projects are completed, the official said.
A P50-million road concreting project will also be implemented in Barugo town.
The infrastructure projects are part of a multi-year program of the DPWH, which aims to connect the three villages along Bagahupi-Babatngon-Sta. Cruz-Barugo-Carigara national road in support of the Barugo Economic Zone program, according to Veloso.
Recently, a total of P315 million was set aside to implement the road and bridge projects in Barugo, a fourth class coastal town in Leyte. Over 30,000 residents will benefit once the projects are completed.