THE LINK. The Biliran Bridge that links the province to Leyte. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated PHP50 million this year to rehabilitate the deteriorating Biliran Bridge that connects the island province to Leyte Island, the agency announced on Friday (May 21, 2021). (Photo courtesy of Biliran Island)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated PHP50 million this year to rehabilitate the deteriorating Biliran Bridge connecting the island province to Leyte Island.

District Engineer Ferdinand Briones said the rehabilitation works are now ready for July to December this year to ensure the safety of travelers.

“The existing condition of the bridge can no longer accommodate large tonnage of vehicles and cargoes due to its poor and old condition. The realization of this project will also preserve the historical significance of the existing bridge,” Briones said in a statement on Friday.

The PHP50 million involves the rehabilitation of bearings of the bridge, repair of the bridge deck, replacement of bolts, de-rusting, repainting, and retrofitting of the bridge girder using carbon fiber plate, and construction of field office for the maintenance crew under the bridge.

Earlier, the DPWH announced that it will build a PHP500-million bridge parallel to the deteriorating Biliran Bridge.

Briones said the proposed bridge will be constructed next to the existing old Biliran Bridge. The old bridge, designed and built in 1976, can no longer be used by heavy vehicles.

The outlay for the new bridge is included in the 2022 regular budget.

The Bridges Management Cluster-Unified Project Management Office of DPWH main office has conducted site validation of the proposed bridge on March 25. (PNA)