Sevilla Bridge now fully open to public – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   August 17, 2020   •   1064

MANILA, Philippines – The newly-reconstructed Sevilla Bridge is now fully opened to the public, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Monday.

The Sevilla Bridge is a four-lane bridge crossing the San Juan River connecting Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

“Now that the new Sevilla Bridge is open to the traveling public, it should help decongest traffic in Metro Manila and benefit the daily motorists,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement.

The bridge was initially opened to motorists on June 26 for the lanes going to Shaw Boulevard while its opposite lanes were completed a week after.

The bridge reconstruction project, a partnership with San Miguel Corp. (SMC), involves a 56.76 linear meter single span with a total width of 19.40 meters composed of 7.65 meter carriageway an d 1.5 meter sidewalk (northbound and southbound), and 1.1-meter center island.

Following its closure in March, the bridge was reconstructed to give way to construction works of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project.

The reconstruction of Sevilla Bridge also helps in ensuring the smooth flow of water in the San Juan River where it stands, resulting to flood mitigation in the area especially during the rainy season,” Villar said.

DPWH reports 11 road sections still closed after Ulysses onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 17, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported that 11 road sections remain closed in areas affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

These consist of two roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), three in Region II, five in Region III, and one is Region IV-A.

The DPWH said these roads are closed due to soil collapse, landslide, road slip, mudflow, flooding, and carriageway settlement caused by the heavy rain brought by Typhoon Ulysses.

The DPWH also reported that seven road sections are with limited access.

“One in CAR, one in Region II, three in Region III, one in Region V, and one in Region VIII due to road slip, mudflow, flooding, scoured bridge approaches, and damaged detour,” according to the DPWH advisory.

Meanwhile, all other national roads and bridges are passable for all types of vehicles. AAC

15 roads remain closed to traffic after Ulysses onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Only 15 road sections in areas affected by Typhoon Ulysses remain closed to traffic as clearing operations continue.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported several of these roads were closed due to soil collapse, landslide, roadslip, mudflow, toppled trees, damaged detour, eroded bridge approach, flooding and carriageway settlement caused by continuous rains brought by Typhoon Ulysses.

Four roads remain closed in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), three in Region II, six in Region III, one in Region IV-A, and one in Region V.

Meanwhile, there are four road sections with limited access while the rest of the national roads are already passable to all types of vehicles. AAC

DPWH honors unsung heroes of Ifugao landslide

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has honored two members of its quick response team for sacrificing their lives while performing their duty during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the five-man team went to the site in Banaue, Ifugao to clear the roads of mud and rocks brought by the landslides during the typhoon. 

“My thoughts and prayers go out to our personnel who bravely served our country and paid the ultimate price. We will extend all efforts to look for the missing and support the families of the victims. Let us pray that those missing will be found,” he said.

Due to the heavy downpour, the team were forced to take refuge in a nearby house. However a landslide pushed the house down the slope, burying most of the team.

The bodies of the two members, driver Joel Chur-ig and laborer John Duclog were retrieved while search and rescue operations are ongoing to find the bodies of the other two members: engineers John Limoh and Julius Gulayan. The fifth member, laborer Jacob Guinyang managed to survive.

Villar lauded the sacrifice of the DPWH personnel and offered his condolences to the loved ones of the victims. He also reminded the rest of his personnel to exercise caution during rescue operations. AAC

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