A new bridge completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Lemery, Batangas is now serving thousands of commuters and facilitating better transport of products to market centers.
DPWH completed Bridge 10, a 28.8-meter single span, double-lane concrete bridge in Barangay Bagong Pook, Lemery, Batangas at a cost of P31.7 million under the Mega Bridge for Urban and Rural Development Project (MBURDP).
Prior to the construction of the new bridge, residents of Barangay Pook utilized an old single lane bridge made of timber and steel components.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the works to demolish and replace the old structure began in the first quarter of the year after the department inspection deemed it unsafe for public use due to old age.
“Unlike the old bridge, the newly completed Bridge 10 will be able to handle more vehicles through its wider carriageway, linking the municipality of Lemery to Palico-Balayan-Batangas City Road,” added Singson.
Some 2,000 residents of Barangay Pook in Lemery, Batangas are now directly benefiting from the newly-built bridge and more of these projects will be built and completed across the country by the DPWH.
While the government continues to develop modern urban structures in the cities, some others, especially those which are in the outlying areas of the country, remain rural and in need of better roads and bridges to facilitate livelihood and economic development.
The DPWH chief said rehabilitation and replacement of bridges in areas where majority of residents are dependent on agriculture is one of the objectives of the DPWH convergence program with different agencies.