DPWH constructs temporary bridge leading to Natonin

Published November 16, 2018, 3:41 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Betheena Kae Unite

A temporary bridge leading to landslide-hit Natonin, Mountain Province is being constructed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday.


According to the agency, the emergency construction of a temporary bridge was ordered to facilitate mobility with the washed out of Lunas Bridge at a portion of Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road in Barlig, Mountain Province. It was damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon “Rosita” in October.

The bridge is expected to be completed within two weeks if given favorable weather condition, said Engr. Nelia Antonio, DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region Maintenance Division chief.

The temporary bridge involves the construction of stone masonry slope protection at both sides of both abutments, clearing of debris, boulder and obstructions, additional protection and armor at the backwall of the existing abutments, and repair of concrete abutment using reinforced concrete, Antonio added.

Meanwhile, more road sections affected by Typhoon Rosita in Cordillera Administrative Region are expected to be passable by early next week following massive clearing operations, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.

Clearing of three sections of Tabuk-Banaue Road via Tanudan-Barlig Road in Tanudan, Lower Kalinga that were affected by series of landslides is targeted for completion by November 20.

Clearing and rehabilitation works are likewise undertaken in Kennon Road. Motorists going to and from Baguio City are advised to take Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road, Marcos Highway, Baguio-Bauang Road (Naguilian Road), or the Asin-Nagalisan-San Pascual Road.