DPWH pushes for construction of new Southern Leyte Bridge

Published December 2, 2021, 8:16 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Acting Secretary Roger Mercado pushes for the construction of a new bridge to sustain inter-island connectivity of mainland Southern Leyte with Panaon Island.

Panaon Island is composed of the towns of Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, and San Ricardo.

“The construction of a new bridge structure adjacent to existing Liloan Bridge in Liloan, Southern Leyte is a priority because it forms part of the national arterial highway linking Luzon to Mindanao passing Eastern Visayas of Samar and Leyte,” Mercado shared.

The Secretary added that the proposed four-lane new bridge is likewise needed to meet the expanding traffic capacity in Liloan and nearby San Ricardo town that have roll-on roll-off ports that serve ferry going to Surigao in Mindanao.

The proposal was presented during a coordination meeting on the regional development investment plan with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA 8).

After the meeting, Secretary Mercado personally conducted an assessment of the existing Liloan Bridge structure at Panaon Island, Southern Leyte.

Although the existing Liloan Bridge Steel Bridge had been retrofitted in recent years, the bridge has been existing for more than 40 years and with recognizable deteriorations.

The bridge’s present vertical navigational clearance of 17 meters is inadequate for large vessels docking at Liloan port forcing them to take a different but longer route.

A new inclined cable-stayed bridge was proposed by the Bureau of Design to be constructed.

It is anticipated to become a significant part of the local landscape, having a more dynamic impact because of the inclined pylons and asymmetrical composition for a more remarkable and unique character.