Local communities now benefit from bridge and farm-to-market road (FMR) improvement projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the province of Negros Occidental.
In northern Negros Occidental, various communities in the municipality of E.B. Magalona which were severely affected and isolated by typhoon Yolanda in 2013 are once again connected with the reconstruction of the Nanca-Cudangdang Bridge.
DPWH Regional Office 6 Director Nerie D. Bueno said that the reconstruction of the bridge provides direct access for sugarcane-hauling trucks from Barangays Nanca, Cudangdang, Tanza, and Tabigue to sugar mills in the neighboring city of Victorias, thereby revitalizing the once dormant agro-economic activities in the municipality.
“The new bridge will likewise provide approximately 11,000 residents with a safer and faster mode of transport in crossing the Malogo River which was previously done through the use of a small barge which puts the passengers at risk during heavy rains or typhoons,” added Director Bueno.
Undertaken by DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office (DEO), the P50 million project involves construction of a new 75-lineal meter pre-stressed concrete girder (PSCG) bridge and 960-meter concrete approaches on both side with grouted riprap as slope protection.
On the other hand, DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd DEO has finished concreting a 541-lineal meter, 2-lane FMR in Purok Paghidaet, Barangay Tagukon, Kabankalan City.
“With the uplands of Barangay Tagukon identified as major producers of crops and other agricultural products being supplied to the city, the upgraded road now provides better access and mobility for our farmers and enables them to quickly transport their products at a lower cost,” added Director Bueno.
Costing P9.9 million, the road concreting project includes construction of slope protection, installation of reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings, and provision of solar lights for safety.