Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:20
Calbayog City, Samar, September 10, 2013 - After the inaugural blessing and drive thru ceremony for the newly-rehabilitated and strengthened Rosales Bridge held Sunday morning, September 8, a simple turn-over to the project recipient followed.
Samar 1st District Representative Hon. Mel Senen S. Sarmiento and DPWH-8 PIO Ms. Antonieta Lim graced the event, while Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino represented the people of Calbayog in accepting the project from the DPWH Samar 1st Engineering District family headed by Engr. Virgilio Eduarte after their 7-month long project implementation.
In his message, Mayor Aquino said that the completion of the project was very timely as the city is fast developing and becoming much busy. He mentioned two Gaisano Malls to open within the year (after Centro opened its branch here August) that will eventually attract more and more people to visit the city.
It was mid-January this year when Rosales Bridge, a very important landmark that serves as an entrance to the heart of the city, was closed from traffic for repair after some technical inspectors identified the bridge as one of those bridges that are already in critical condition.
Rosales Bridge was constructed in the 1950’s, and the usual “wear and tear” and the volume of vehicles passing on the bridge caused its deplorable condition, that’s why said project was implemented to strengthen the structural capability of the bridge.
Rep. Sarmiento, the guest speaker, stressed that Rosales Bridge, from among others, was once considered by inspectors (including the PHIVOLCs in their earthquake simulations) as possessing multi-hazards. Such report was submitted to DPWH that is now implementing retrofitting of all these bridges.
This Rehabilitation/Strengthening of Rosales Bridge Project was funded from the Regular Infrastructure Program of the DPWH. It covered the construction of 4 piers, 5 spans of bridge deck slab, 4-lane reinforced concrete deck girders, concrete railing, reinforcing steel, grouted riprap and expansion dam. The project had a length of 65.35 linear meters with an appropriation of P25,767,000.00 under contract with ACME Builders Corporation.
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