DPWH fast tracks rehabilitation of Camiling bridge

22-September-11, 1:06 AM | PIA Press Release

MANILA, Sept. 22 -- Considering its importance to motorists going in and out of western Pangasinan, the Department of Public Works and Highways is now fast tracking the implementation of the Rehabilitation of Camiling Bridge along Romulo Highway in Camiling Tarlac.

In his report to Secrteray Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region III Director Antonio Molano said that the project is now 72% complete, ahead of 57% compared to its scheduled 15% accomplishment rating.

We have encountered some delays during the bidding process due to the strict compliance of the provisions of Republic Act 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Law, but when the project officially started last September 02, 2011 we had instructed the Tarlac District Engineering Office to closely supervise the implementation of the project to immediately complete it as soon as possible.” Molano said.

The Camiling Bridge was closed to heavy vehicles since December 2009 because of old age and deterioration, since then public buses are diverted to take the Bayambang-San Carlos Road which is three hour longer in travelling time compared to Romulo Highway route going to Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Since then, numerous complaints from motorists as well as passengers were received by the DPWH Complaints and Action Center due to the inconvenience of the longer traveling time.

DPWH Tarlac District Engineer Benjamin Lopez said that before its formal closure they had installed informational and traffic signages to inform the public of all possible alternate routes for heavy vehicles.

“ We are very thankful to the project contractor and they were able to mobilize additional manpower and equipment and were able to complete majority of the programmed works on schedule” Lopez added.

The rehabilitation of Camiling Bridge is expected to be completed by October 31, 2011.(DPWH)

Source: Philippine News Agency, 22-September-11