By Lyka Manalo
BATANGAS CITY— The third Calumpang bridge, the country’s only segmental box girder bridge, is now open to private and light vehicles.
Mayor Beverley Rose Dimacuha-Mariño and Congressman Marvey Mariño led the inauguration of the four lane, 140-meter-long bridge on Tuesday.
The program started with a Mass officiated by Fr. Aurelio Dimaapi, parish priest of Basilica Immaculada Concepcion, at the bridge’s exit point in Sitio Ferry.
The 15-meter-wide bridge has bicycle lanes on both shoulders.
The P338-million bridge built by Frey-Fil Corporation has been named the EBD Bridge of Progress, in honor of former Mayor Eduardo B. Dimacuha.
Mayor Dimacuha-Mariño said her father dreamed of building a bridge over the Calumpang River that can withstand strong storms and earthquakes.
The Bridge of Promise and Calumpang Bridge, the two bridges on Calumpang River, collapsed during previous typhoons. The bridges are now passable.
The 3rd bridge is expected to improve traffic flow from the urban area to the eastern part of the city where industrial sites and power plants are located.
Congressman Mariño said the bridge will boost investments and generate jobs for Batangueños.
During the one-week dry run that began last May 1, only private and light vehicles will be allowed on the bridge.