The typhoon-damaged Caraycaray Bridge along Biliran-Naval Circumferential Road in the province of Biliran has been reopened to light vehicles by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In an advisory, Assistant District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido of DPWH Biliran District Engineering Office said the bridge that was closed to traffic due to washed out/scoured bridge approaches brought by the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Urduja”, is now open to 4-wheel light vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles.
Since the bridge was damaged in December 16, 2017, DPWH has implemented backfilling and embankment works to serve as temporary passage for the public, allowing motorcycles to cross the bridge effective January 9 and tricycles and 4-wheel vehicles starting January 11.
To prevent further damage, heavy bags and cargoes inside light vehicles shall be unloaded first when crossing the bridge.
Caraycaray Bridge will also be closed in case Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issues “Heavy Rainfall Warning” in the area.
Engr. Bollido said total bridge replacement will be undertaken by the DPWH to fully restore the structural integrity of Caraycaray Bridge.
DPWH is now preparing detailed plans and cost estimates for the complete rehabilitation of the damaged bridge under the calamity fund.
DPWH-BDEO advises motorists to strictly follow traffic rules and regulations upon crossing CarayCaray Bridge.