P347-million Taguibo parallel bridge in Butuan to open by March

By Betheena Unite

A bridge on the Daang Maharlika Road in Butuan City that is currently under construction is expected to be completed by March this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced.

DPWH logo (Manila Bulletin file photo) DPWH logo (Manila Bulletin file photo)

According to the department, they are in the final stages of the construction of the P347-million Taguibo Parallel Bridge approaches, noting that its opening on the target date in March will be possible.

“We are fast-tracking the completion of the Taguibo parallel bridge so that we can align our bridges to our roadway which is already widened into four-lanes”, Regional Director Pol Delos Santos said Friday.

Taguibo Bridge, delos Santos said, is a vital structure along the Daang Maharlika Road, which connects major cities and provinces in the country. Traffic will now be one way for each bridge, he added.

Signs of instability on the existing steel bridge, according to delos Santos, prompted the construction of a parallel bridge.

Since its construction, only one lane was open for motorists, causing tremendous traffic in the area. However, two lanes are already serviceable at present.

“Supposedly, after the completion of the maintenance works, the bridge will be opened to a two-lane traffic, but activity in the construction of the parallel bridge affected approach “B” of the Taguibo Bridge, thus, one-lane traffic is continued,” delos Santos said.