With the completion of the 75.20-lineal meter hanging bridge, residents of Barangay Aurora in Nueva Vizcaya will no longer endure long walks and crossing a river just to go in and out of their remote community, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Thursday.
According to DPWH-Nueva Vizcaya First District Engineer Oscar Gumiran, the PHP1-million steel bridge project was constructed to put an end to the ordeal of locals who have to walk several kilometers just to go to the other side of Magat River.
The construction of the hanging bridge started in May 2018 and was completed last July 19.
Also, students who attend classes at Barangay Boliwao Elementary School, located on the other side of the river, now benefit from the new steel bridge.
“Prior to the completion of this project, students walk for about 5.35 kilometers, rain or shine, just to go to school,” he said in a statement.
“But now, this bridge will provide a safer and shorter connection for the students and stakeholders in the area,” he added.
The erection of the bridge was undertaken by DPWH – Nueva Vizcaya First District Engineering Office (DPWH-NVFDEO) funded under the 2019 Local Infrastructure Program.
Gumiran, added that aside from pedestrians, the steel structure can also allow passage of motorcycles for faster delivery of goods and services in the community.
“It will provide an alternate route that will hasten the delivery of goods and services since income of residents in the area rely mainly on agriculture and mining,” he said. (PNA)
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