Four of the eight bridges for construction by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) along Alicia-Malangas Road Province in Province of Zamboanga Sibugay are completed.
The said bridges are part of the 23.730 kilometers Alicia – Malangas Road Project traversing 15 barangays of the Municipalities of Alicia and Malangas under the Asian Development Bank-assisted Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (IGCMRSP) implemented by DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (UPMO-RMC 2). Overall progress for this package costing P1.318 billion is at 48.58% and is targeted for full completion by April 2022.
In his report to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said that the superstructure and substructure of the 40.94-lineal meter (lm) Logpond Bridge, 35.94-lm Tigabon Bridge, 30.94-lm Ilisan Bridge and 40.94-lm Bella Bridge are all completed while respective embankment of bridge approaches are ongoing or in advance stages of completion.
Villar lauded the effective action of DPWH-UPMO by ordering the contractors to focus more on bridge, stone masonry, lined ditch and other slope protection structures as embankment operation activities in the past were hampered by the inclement weather condition in the project area.
Sadain said that the remaining four bridges namely the 25.94-lm Payag Bridge, 60.94- lm Lipacan Bridge, 25.94-lm Sinusayan Bridge, and 40.94-lm Lapirawan Bridge are also in various stages of completion.
On paving of road towards a designed carriageway width for a national secondary road of 6.70-meter with shoulder width of 1.5 meters on both sides, about 20.33- kilometer half-lane or 10.17-kilometer double lane of 28-centimeter (cm) portland concrete cement pavement were already accomplished as well as 7.82-km half lane of paved shoulder completed.
With the onset of dry season, 14.70-km was already laid with subbase materials by contractors while the DPWH UPMO Road Right of Way Taskforce is working out the necessary right of way requirements in coordination with the project stakeholders.
The P25.257 billion IGCMRSP is funded with a loan amounting P19.080 billion by the Asian Development Bank and P6.117 billion to be funded by the government.
It is composed of seven road subprojects with a total gross length of 230.22 kilometers and Guicam Bridge with a length of 540.8 lineal meters all located in Zamboanga Peninsula and three bridges with a total gross length of 1,790.66-lineal meter located in Tawi-Tawi Province.