The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inaugurated the Anduyan Bridge and the Aringay-Tubao Alternate Road last November 26. Both are now open to the public.
The alternate road is a scenic 14.24 kilometer stretch along Aringay-Tubao, La Union, while the new two-lane Anduyan Bridge, which is located along the Anduyan-Rizal-Pascual Nangalesa-Asin Road in Tubao, spans a total length of 360 lineal meters with sidewalks on each side and concrete barriers.
The road will take motorists to the famous Asin Hots Springs in Tuba-Benguet, and to Baguio City faster than ever.
Aside from cutting the previous two hour and 25-minute travel time to more than half, the two routes are also expected to decongest traffic along Marcos Highway especially since the landslide-ridden Kennon Road is still not accessible.
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Motorists are not the only ones who benefit from this project, though. Before the bridge was built, locals had to take a raft to cross the Aringay River, now, they can walk across the bridge everyday.
For the safety of both motorists and pedestrians, the bridge also features reflective pavement markings, solar-powered street lights, traffic regulatory signages, and masonry slope protection.
The total cost of building the Anduyan Bridge and the improvement of the Aringay-Tubao Alternative Road was reportedly 493.9 million pesos.
The DPWH also recently completed the temporary Lunas Bridge in Barlig, Mountain Province weeks ahead of the December 5 target. The original 14-meter bridge was completely washed out after being hit by typhoon Rosita last October.
While it might take months to completely rehabilitate the area, the speedy completion of this temporary bridge has restored connectivity and access to the Mountain Province.
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