The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the completion of a P273-million bridge in Ilocos Sur, which is expected to boost livelihood and tourism in the province.
In a statement on March 28, DPWH said the 665-lineal meter Sugpon Bridge along Alilem-Sugpon-Sudipen Road in the municipality of Sugpon was opened to the motoring public in time for the Lenten season.
“The newly-built Sugpon Bridge which is designed as an all-weather bridge now allows safer and faster link between the town of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur to the outer towns of La Union, crossing Amburayan River,” said DPWH Region 1 Director Ronnel M. Tan.
The project involves the construction of a pre-stressed concrete girder deck slab bridge with 19 spans, and 4.5 lineal meters of carriageway.
It also has flood control component, slope protection, and embankment protection.
With this project of the government, Tan said residents as well as tourists will no longer need small boats or rafts in crossing the river during rainy season.
“Prior to the construction of the bridge, Amburayan River is only passable during dry season and jeepneys are required to have dual operated system to be able to overcome the loose portions of the riverbed,” he said.