DPWH Eastern Samar to expedite Pinaculan bridge construction

Borongan, Eastern Samar – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (ESDEO) is fast tracking the construction works of the new Pinaculan bridge in Arteche town.
The old Pinaculan Bridge in Arteche, E. Samar will be replaced with a 2-way, concrete new bridge. (Sinirangan NewsPlus)

Engr. Michael Ador, chief of the construction division of ESDEO said that he received instruction from District Engineer Manolo Rojas and Assistant District Engineer Rudyard Lim to finish the P46.5 million bridge construction so that the people of Arteche the whole commuting public will benefit from it especially in term of economic development

The Pinaculan bridge is the remaining bailey bridge in the national highway within the jurisdiction of ESDEO. The Bailey bridge is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge. It was developed by the British during World War II for military use and saw extensive use by British, Canadian and the American military engineering units. 

The bridge, located at Sto. Sabang, Brgy. Garden, connects Arteche to the rest of the province. This serves as a significant section in the circumferential road connecting the provinces of Eastern Samar and Northern Samar. 

Ador said that the new bridge will ease up traffic in the area as the current bridge is just one-way. “4-wheel vehicles have to wait from the other end if there’s a vehicle in the bridge,” Ador said. The bridge was constructed in 1998 and almost 20 years after, it is still usable. 

It survived strong typhoons like Yolanda in 2013, Ruby in 2014 and Nona in 2015. Local residents admit that the old Bailey bridge have already captured their hearts as it served them well especially during the times when the road was still rugged. It has become a local landmark and even served as a tourist attraction. 

Asst. Dist. Engr. Lim said that the key to preserving the bridge that long was its regular maintenance. It has to be maintained to keep it usable and safe to the riding public. 

Asked as to what’s their take on the bridge replacement, residents say it’s difficult for them to see that the old bridge will be gone but at the same time they welcome the fact they will have a bigger, two-way, permanent bridge.
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