Saturday, May 17, 2014

P163.4-M to mitigate floods in Ecija, Bulacan underway

CABIAO, Nueva Ecija – A P163.4-million all-weather concrete bridge designed to mitigate flooding in portions of the provinces of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija is nearing completion in this southernmost town.

          Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco said the Cabiao Viaduct, a project of the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways, started construction on May 28,2013.

          The 400-linear meter bridge, under construction at the municipal floodway, is a joint venture of  R2 Roncal Construction and Trading and the Advanced Foundation Construction System Corp.

Congco said the project was requested by former fourth district congressman Rodolfo Antonino and the municipal government owing to the perennial flooding problem hounding residents of Barangay Concepcion and San Vicente and the municipality of San Miguel in Bulacan.

          “Definitely, this will be a big relief not only to 7,000 residents of Concepcion and San Vicente in our town but also motorists from other places who negotiate our thoroughfares,” she said.

          She recalled that in previous years, there was a noticeable slowdown in business in the area because of the floods.

          Antonio Molano, DPWH regional director for Central Luzon, said his office allocated an initial P180 million for the project which was originally set to be completed in 360 calendar days or this coming May 22.

However, its design was revised by the Bureau of Designs which explains for a longer construction period. “Hopefully, we can have it completed and inaugurated before the end of this year,” he said. (Manny Galvez)

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