DPWH starts bridge widening projects in Philippines


The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Philippines has started two bridge broadening projects in Barangay Villa Santiago, Aglipay, Quirino.

These two road broadening projects will complement the current broadening from two lanes to four lanes of Cordon Aurora Boundary Road in the Isabela Boundary-Junction Dumabato Section.

DPWH secretary Roger G Mercado said that the bridge broadening projects will cater to the increasing number of vehicles using the national road stretch.

The projects have each been allocated $48,000 (PHP25m) from the 2022 General Appropriations Act.

The bridge broadening projects will include extra lane on both sides of the current one-span reinforced concrete deck girder (RCDG) bridges, where girders will be built onsite.

The scope of work also includes the construction of a bored pile foundation, concrete paving of more or less 100m- approaches, pavement markings, and installation of the LED solar streetlights.

Earlier this month, Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement with the Philippine government to co-finance the construction of three bridges to help address the increasing traffic problem in Metro Manila.

A loan of $175m from ABD will be utilised only for financing the Metro Manila Bridges Project.

The country's Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary Roger Mercado said: “A loan agreement with ADB is an exciting assurance of the construction of three new climate and disaster resilient bridges as well as added training program to strengthen DPWH institutional capacity in bridge operation and maintenance.”

The Metro Manila Bridges Project involves construction of three bridges to boost efficiency of road travel while crossing the Marikina River.


The two bridge widening projects have each been allocated $48,000 from the 2022 General Appropriations Act. Credit: Department of Public Works and Highways.


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