From timber to concrete, P150-M bridge accessible to all vehicles opens in E. Samar town

Published August 25, 2021, 6:00 PM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – When the road starts, insurgency ends. Gone are the days that people need to get off vehicles, ride a carabao, or walk to enter the municipality of Jipapad in Eastern Samar.

The Department of Public Works and Highways Eastern Samar District Engineering Office completed the construction of the 240-meter Jipapad Bridge along Catumsan-Jipapad-Las Navas- Rawis Road.

District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said that the construction of the Jipapad Bridge is composed of three phases.

From timber to a concrete bridge. Jipapad, Eastern Samar is now accessible to four-wheeled vehicles with the completion of the 240-meter bridge going to the town proper. Before, only carabaos and two-wheeled vehicles can pass the wooden bridge that is often reaached by flood during typhoons. (MANILA BULLETIN)

The first two phases worth Php 150 million were funded under Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA). The third phase which amounts to Php 100 million was funded under the General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2021 through the construction of missing links.

The PAMANA projects, which include the construction of the bridge substructure/foundation, girders, and the 498-meter road approach with embankment and slope protection are now 100 percent completed.

The third phase is still ongoing with an actual accomplishment of 85.3 percent.

This includes the completion of the bridge structure which comprises the 200-meter road approach while the remaining works of 14.7 percent refer to the construction of the 90-meter flood control structure.

According to her, this will protect the bridge from scouring.

“Jipapad Bridge is an important structure in the road network Jipapad-Las Navas-Catubig-Rawis road which helps our farmers and the traveling public to have a convenient, safe and calamity resistant access in transporting goods and services even during calamities,” Junia shared.

She added that the completion of the Jipapad Bridge will create a big impact on the economic and social development of Jipapad.

“All kinds of vehicles can now safely enter the municipality of Jipapad using this newly constructed Jipapad Bridge unlike before that they needed to take risk in crossing the defective timber bridge which was the only entry point of vehicles going in the municipality,” she explained.