THE construction of new Tumagbok Bridge in Miagao, Iloilo is almost complete and will soon be opened to traffic, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI.
Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño Jr the said bridge is substantially completed except for some ongoing works like the completion of approaches on both sides.
“We are currently concreting the remaining two lanes of approaches on both sides of the bridge and when completed, we can fully open the bridge to the motorists and the general public,” Leaño said.
Engr. Ormel G. Santos, chief of the Construction Division said that meantime, motorists can use the two inner lanes of the bridge where the approaches are already completed.
Santos said the original design of the bridge will be restored wherein the original steel railings will be reinstalled in addition to the concrete railings for the pedestrian lane.
Tumagbok Bridge is constructed along Iloilo-Antique Road, which serves as the main thoroughfare from Iloilo City to the southern part of Iloilo and the province of Antique, vice versa, thus the widening of the bridge will be very beneficial to the motorists and the public.
The old 2-lane Tumagbok Bridge was already dilapidated, hence, it was reconstructed and widened into four lanes to complement the widening of the Iloilo-Antique Road from two to four lanes.
The widened bridge will help improve the socio-economic development in the town of Miagao through smooth delivery of goods and services as well as improve traffic condition, considering that it is situated near the University of the Philippines-Visayas campus.