Monday, February 16, 2015

Widened Legazpi main bridge inaugurated
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 14 (PNA) -- The newly-widened Sagumayon Bridge along J. P. Rizal Street and beside the Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Office formally opened to motorists on Friday.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and other city officials led the ceremonial cutting of ribbon and inauguration of the bridge.

Also present as guests were Congressman Al Francis Bichara (2nd District, Albay), Ako Bicol part-list Rep. Christopher Co and Department of Public Works and Highways Bicol Regional Director Melvin B. Navarro.

The bridge widening was funded with a Php 19-million allotment from the national government through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2014.

Bichara gave additional Php 5 million for the project.

The bridge-widening civil works were supervised by the Albay 2nd District Engineering Office district.

The project started on March 24, 2014 and was completed on Dec. 15 of that same year.

The bridge originally had two lanes and was expanded to four lanes with a total length of 24 meters and a width of 11.72 meters, with a 80-meter approach.

Rosal said the bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the city and its rehabilitation is very timely, considering the fact that it has suffered already heavy damages during typhoons that brought heavy flows of flood water.

“The improvement of the structure of this bridge will serve as an open gate to facilitate the transport of goods and services to and from the third district of the Province of Albay,” he said.

The rehabilitation project is another welcome addition to the many land marks established by the city administration that will bring a multiplier effects to the Legazpenos and the community, Rosal said.

“This will serve as an instrument of uniting the people and open a new horizon for progress, peace, education, business and employment,” the city chief executive pointed out.

He said Legazpi City is the home of national government offices as well as the center of transportation, education and commercial establishments, making the city the busiest place in the province Albay.

The expanded bridge will decongest the vehicular traffic situation and ensure efficient and comfortable flow of traffic for the riding public.

Aside from the Sagumayon bridge, the Albay 2nd DEO has also an ongoing rehabilitation of the existing two-lane Yawa Bridge, which will be expanded into four lanes to ease traffic in its area.

The bridge, located near the Aquinas University of Legazpi and the DPWH regional office in Barangay Rawis where the national and regional offices are located, connects Legazpi City to the third district of Albay.

The project has a total funding of Php 140 million which was included in the General Appropriations Act of 2014.

An initial amount of Php 50 million was already released by the national government to the DPWH Bicol regional office.

The widened Yawa Bridge will have a total length of 140 meters and width of 14.4 meters, with a 16.4-meter approach.

Rosal said the widening and rehabilitation of all the bridges in the main road of the city is part of boosting the infrastructure development agenda of his administration, which intends to facilitate the transport of goods and services to sustain the citywide development and to keep the city in the path of progress. (PNA) RMA/FGS/EPS/CBD/ssc