The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently completed the rehabilitation of 122.56-lineal meter Pajo Bridge along Lambunao-Inca Road in Lambunao, Iloilo,
Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the P21.6-million project strengthened the bridge, addressing road safety concerns and seamless transportation needs by providing engineering solutions.
Secretary Villar commended the DPWH Iloilo 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) for efficiently implementing the repairs on the bridge which included sealing of cracks on girder and deck slab; application of carbon fiber sheet and carbon fiber plate; installation of asphalt plug joint; application of water proofing, asphalt overlay, and pavement markings; as well as painting and scour protection works.
According to District Engineer Sanny Boy O. Orpel’s report to DPWH Regional Office 6 (DPWH-RO6) Director Lea N. Delfinado, the rehabilitation is undertaken to restore the structural integrity of Pajo Bridge and restore its original load capacity of twenty (20) tons.
Secretary Villar noted the importance repairing Pajo Bridge as the Lambunao-Inca Road, where the bridge is located, has been continuously used by heavy loaded vehicles and equipment for passage to the on-going construction sites along Panay East West Road, which will connect the provinces of Iloilo and Antique via old Route.
The newly-improved bridge is also expected to facilitate faster delivery of services and goods, while providing ease of travel to Iloilo International Airport and other urban and rural areas in Panay Island.