LAOAG CITY, July 6 (PIA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways opened the Buagao Bridge in Bangui town to all types of vehicles early Wednesday morning.
The bridge will ease transport inconvenience that motorists are experiencing since typhoon Dindo pounded the province last week.
Nestor Pasion, district engineer of DPWH in Ilocos Norte, said extra manpower was utilized to complete the construction of temporary panels that were used to build the bridge.
“We have opened the bridge as of 3 a.m. on Wednesday. But we are limiting vehicle load to a maximum of 20 tons. All vehicles having more than 20 tons load should use the alternate road,” he said.
Pasion said the Buagao bridge now serves as the main service road for motorists plying the Ilocos Norte-Cagayan Valley route. But overloading vehicles are still diverted to the alternate road that the DPWH built
“We appeal to motorists passing through the bridge to comply with the load limit. Everyone will suffer again once the bridge weakens and closed to traffic,” he said.
Pasion said except for the road diversion in Bangui, no other road cuts have delayed public transport in going to the northern section of Ilocos Norte.
Immediate clearing operations in Pagudpud were conducted after a landslide occurred at the height of typhoon Dindo.
The DPWH will now divert its attention in improving other road sections in the province after the completion of the temporary panels that were used to open the Buagao bridge.
The permanent construction of the bridge structure remains set for September.
The DPWH built a bailey bridge to serve as an alternative road after the existing detour road was washed away by floodwaters last week.
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos earlier expressed disappointment over the stranding of motorists as a result of the damaged road.
The DPWH immediately apologized for the inconvenience and undertook repair works on the damaged road and the on the bridge.
Pasion said the DPWH was not to blame entirely for the inconvenience saying that too much floodwater caused the temporary road to weaken preventing motorists from passing through. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)