CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, June 11 (PIA)--The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently opened the P459-million Pigalo Bridge which links the towns of Angadanan and San Guillermo and other municipalities in the province.
No less than DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the newly-completed 450-meter mega bridge.
The project also includes 250-meter approaches on each side, a 7.32-meter carriageway, bored piles, and abutments with drainage structure and embankment protection works. It also has sidewalk and concrete railings for pedestrians.
Villar said it took two months for DPWH to officially open the bridge as they need to improve the integrity of the structure due to the anticipated high volume of heavy vehicles expected to pass through the bridge on a daily basis.
"The best asset of this new mega bridge is that it will provide direct access for residents in outlying barangays while at the same time, ensuring safe and convenient travel for both locals and tourists," Villar said.
Aside from connectivity, Villar said the road will also serve as an efficient transport facility for the delivery of agricultural products from far-flung areas to big commercial hubs in the Cagayan Valley Region.
"With this bridge, travel time between the Barangays of Angadanan and San Guillermo will be shortened by 30 minutes, thus, promoting faster and easier transport of goods and services," the secretary added.
Pigalo Bridge was destroyed in 2011 during the onslaught of typhoons Pedring and Quiel. Its reconstruction, however, began only in 2017. (ALM/MGE/PIA-2 Isabela