Mandulog bridge 1 in Iligan City to finally be completed

Published March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY – The long-awaited completion of Mandulog bridge 1, the construction of which has mothballed for the last five years due to right-of-way issues, will finally see the light of day after land owners came to an agreement with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 10 officials on the settlement of their affected properties.

(MANILA BULLETIN)
(MANILA BULLETIN)

The Mandulog bridge 1 project was initiated by national government after the old Hinaplanon bridge collapsed during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong in December 17, 2011.

However, construction came to halt last 2016 after landowners of the affected properties in Brgy. San Roque rejected DPWH’s settlement offer.

Recently, after a redesign of the bridge’s approach showed a reduction in the number of properties that will be affected, a new set of landowners finally accepted the offer of DPWH.

DPWH-10 is now in the process of distributing the final payment to the identified families.

“After finally settling the legal impediments last year, we went full blast with the construction of the approach, said Resident Engineer Maria Riza Monato of DPWH-10.

“Having said that, we are very optimistic that before the end of this month (March), Mandulog bridge 1 will finally be opened to traffic,” she stated.

The opening of this bridge is expected to significantly lessen the volume of traffic within the city center of Iligan.

Motorists from Marawi City, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte can use Mandulog Bridge 1 and the C3 road network to bypass the city center of Iligan to avoid heavy traffic.

“With more and more motorists using the C-3 road, areas along this road network will soon see new businesses springing up bringing employment opportunities and development to Iligan”, predicted District Engineer Alykhan Ali.

DPWH-10 is also currently implementing the P1.2-billion Iligan City Coastal Road, the Circumferential Road Three (C-3) Project, and the 60.4-kilometer Iligan-Bukidnon Road which is a segment of the Mindanao East-West Lateral Road.

 
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