Two temporary bridges in Ilocos Sur were recently converted into concrete bridges for better movement of agricultural products to upland municipalities in the province, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday.
Replacement works of the 30-linear meter Baang Bridge in Barangay Cabaroan and 20-linear meter Tiagan Bridge in Barangay Tiagan both in the municipality of San Emilio, Ilocos Sur were recently completed.
According to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Baang and Tiagan Bridge used to be temporary baileys. The project has converted these baileys to permanent concrete to “ensure safety and improve the mobility of not just residents but also agricultural products to the upland municipalities.”
“With these permanent and sturdier bridges, we can expect faster delivery of goods and services that will help boost the economy as well as provide more livelihood opportunities for the locals in the area,” Villar said.
“Aside from their economic benefits, these bridges will also improve tourism in the province as it serves as a safer and faster access road leading to Skyline View Deck and Kakantuban Rock Formation in Quirino, Ilocos Sur,” the secretary added.
The bridge proejcts were completed under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) with a total amount of P27.3 million and P18 million, respectively.
Villar also said that the replacement of the bridge is part of the department’s goal to enhance and improve structural integrity of bridges around the country.