Construction of new P1.2-B Pagudpud viaduct to start soon

LAOAG CITY (PNA) – The construction of a more modern Patapat viaduct will soon start in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte as the bidding process has been scheduled for the end of the month.


AERIAL view of Patapat viaduct in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. (Wikipedia)

Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos said on Friday, May 19, that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated an initial budget of P300 million for the project.

“This will be a multi-year project to be completed in four years,” said Marcos of P1.2-billion viaduct.

Marcos initiated the sourcing of funds from the DPWH to help address the frequent road closures on the Manila North Road caused by landslides and rockslides during inclement weather.

He said a Japanese consultant has been tapped to help in the construction.

During the rainy season, motorists and travelers passing through the Pancian, Pagudpud national highway that connects
Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions get stranded for hours due to road closures.

For now, heavy equipment of the DPWH and volunteer contractors are on standby in the area in case clearing operations are needed due to landslide or rockslide.