The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will open tomorrow, February 24, 2017 the newly completed Lucban Bridge that serves as a replacement to an old bridge along Manila North Road (MNR) in the municipality of Abulug, Cagayan Province.
Costing P631 million, the 825-lineal meter Lucban Bridge crossing over the Cagayan River is seen to boost trade and tourism in Region 2.
Call for the opening of the bridge is critically needed as clamors coming from large transport vehicles/haulers were limited to pass the old bridge because of maximum capacity vehicle weight limit.
Built in 1960’s, the old Lucban Bridge showed advanced signs of deterioration on steel trusses due to severe rusts and the cracks on concrete deck slab that require frequent maintenance prior to the replacement.
The bridge was constructed 15 meters upstream of the old Lucban Bridge to guarantee that general public will have safer and more efficient access to and from the regions of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, and the Cordilleras.
Other than the construction of the bridge replacement, the project includes provision for shoulders, guard rails, parapet walls, signages, pavement markings, and solar-powered pavement studs in the approaches to ensure safety of commuters.