Friday, June 02, 2006
THE regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Adhi Karya-VT Lao Construction on Wednesday assured that the Ysalina Bridge would be safe for motorists’ use on June 5, the day half of the bridge would be opened to traffic.
The firm would continue repairing the bridge on that day but officials said the public need not worry.
Northern Mindanao Public Works and Highways assistant regional director Norma Geronilla said the bridge would be fully opened to traffic 10 days later or on June 15.
"We always monitor their work 24 hours a day. The bridge will be the same as it was," Geronilla said.
VT Lao deputy project engineer Rick Galera also made the same assurance after Councilor Reynaldo Advincula said many people were afraid that the bridge might give in if it is opened before the retrofitting work is finished.
But Galera said the firm would put in place equipment to support the bridge. He said even trucks can use one lane of the bridge starting on June 5.
"The support is sturdy and well made, and cannot be easily damaged," Galera said.
Over local radio, Mayor Vicente Emano he would leave matters in the hands of engineers
"The consequences will be on the contractor," Emano said.
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