Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya—Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the P194.8-million Maddiangat Bridge here is now open to the public.
He said the construction of the new, more durable Maddiangat Bridge will provide faster and safer travel along Bambang-Quezon-Kasibu-Solano towns circumferential road.
“The project will enhance accessibility and eventually strengthen economic linkage and reduce travel time and travel cost for the continuous movement of agricultural products and people,” Villar said.
The Department of Public Works and Highways Region 2 office said the 240 lineal meter bridge, whose construction started in January 2018, is an eight span bridge with 600 meters total approaches on both ends.
Loreta Malaluan, DPWH Region 2 director and officer in charge, said the bridge development used bored pile technology and also includes a concrete slope protection, embankment and grouted riprap.
She said the Maddiangat Bridge will serve as a vital link of Solano town to barangays in the upland Vizcaya municipalities of Quezon and Kasibu and will facilite a shorter travel time for motorists and economic development in the area.
“Travel time between municipalities will significantly be reduced from 30 minutes boat ride to two minutes travel time after completion of the project and will benefit an average of 60,000 residents and motorists,” Malaluan said.
“Usually during heavy downpour, flashflood occurs in the area, which causes the travelling public to use small makeshift boats risking lives in danger,” she said.
This structure is also expected to help improve traffic flow and will decongest traffic along Bambang, Kasibu, Quezon and Solano towns, Malauan added.