LEGAZPI CITY, May 4 (PNA) -- Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal has expressed his deepest gratitude to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for giving importance to the province of Albay in terms of infrastructure projects.
The Chief Executive is slated to visit Legazpi City on Thursday to inaugurate the completed improvement and expansion of the Yawa Bridge, which connects Legazpi City and the first district of Albay.
To be inaugurated also is the completed Tibu Pumping Station in Barangay San Roque as part of the Urban Drainage Improvement Project, the Philippine Information Agency said during a media briefing Wednesday afternoon.
The improvement and expansion of the former two-lane Yawa Bridge to now four-lane highway have now been completed by the Department of Public Work and Highway (DPWH) Bicol regional office.
The project costs some Php90 million, including the widening of the 140-linear-meter bridge to more than two lanes, 720-linear-meter four-lane PCCP including bridge approach and roads, drainage structure and 313 linear-meter slope protection works," Reynaldo Tagundando, DPWH Bicol regional director, said.
Rosal said the expansion of the Yawa Bridge will facilitate the means of transporting agricultural products and other basic services and make transportation convenient for the riding public.
The bridge and connecting road network cater to motorists taking the Legazpi City-Sto. Domingo-Tabaco-Camarines Sur boundary route and is within the territorial bounds of Barangay Rawis where the national government's regional offices are located.
Rosal said the expanded bridge will serve as an instrument of uniting the people and open a new horizon for progress, peace, education, business and employment.
Aside from the Yawa Bridge, the President is also expected to visit and unveil the Tibu Pumping Station in San Roque, Legazpi City.
This anti-flood control project materialized after the city suffered unforgettable destruction caused by the super typhoon "Reming" in 2006 that also left a huge number of casualties, the Legazpi mayor added. (PNA)