Eleven (11) national road sections in Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA Region remain closed to traffic due to flooding, landslide, road slip, damaged spillway, retaining wall, and bridge, and washed out detour bridge brought by Tropical Storm ”Urduja”.
As of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 19, 2017, the Department of Public Works and Highways – Bureau of Maintenance (DPWH-BOM) reported that in the province of Biliran, four (4) roads are still closed namely: Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road, Naval-Calumpang Section due to landslide; and Biliran-Naval Road (K1011+000) due to damaged retaining wall and landslide; and Naval-Almeria Road (K1020+000) due to landslide.
The Biliran-Naval Circumferential Road is also closed due to scoured Catmon Bridge and Caray-caray Bridge. Light vehicles may take Biliran Circumferential Road, Caibiran-Cabucgayan Section as an alternative route.
In Leyte, five (5) roads are closed which include: Mainit-San Miguel-Santol Road, Santol-Carayray Section-Taghawili Bridge due to flooding; Bagahupi-Babatngon-Sta. Cruz-Barugo-Carigara Road due to landslide; Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-Lapaz (K0951+500) due to damaged spillway; Libungao-Matag-ob-Palompon Road and Kananga-Tungonan Hot Spring Road due to landslide and cut/drop pavements.
In MIMAROPA, the Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Road Boac Side (K0025+400) in Marinduque and Sibuyan Circumferential Road, Tinimbawan Bridge (RCPC) Detour Bridge in Romblon are still impassable due to road slip and washed-out detour bridge respectively.
Barricades, warning signs and traffic advisory have been installed to warn motorists while DPWH conducts clearing operations and repair of closed roads.
To date, partial cost of damage to national roads in Regions 5, 8, and 11 has reached P543.2 million.