By Betheena Unite
Almost all national roads that were damaged by two strong earthquakes that hit Pampanga and Eastern Samar have been reopened late Wednesday, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
Jasmines Bridge in Samar was ordered closed due to damage when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the region Tuesday. It was still impassable yesterday as inspection and assessment of damage are underway.
East Lateral Mega Dike in Bacolor, Pampanga was also not passable due to severe cracks it sustained due to the 6.1-magnitude quake in Region 3 Monday. Its damage reached P50 million.
Motorists going to Angeles may instead use the Manila North Road, the Angeles-Porac-Floridablanca Road, or the Guagua-Sta. Rita Arterial Road.
The damaged Floridablanca Consuelo Bridge also remained close. Motorists can, instead, pass through the Jose Abad Santos Avenue. Its damage was tallied at P50 million.
Sasmuan-Lubao Road in San Nicolas, Lubao, Pampanga, was still not passable due to collapsed slope protection and half of its carriageway and embankment were scoured. Its damage was estimated to be worth P100 million.
East Lateral Mega Dike in Bacolor, Pampanga became passable to light vehicles only by late Wednesday. It was repaired after sustaining severe cracks due to the 6.1-magnitude quake in Region 3 Monday. Its damage reached P50 million.
The damaged Floridablanca Consuelo Bridge has also been reopened, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar confirmed also late Wednesday. Its damage was tallied at P50 million.
All national roads in neighboring regions are passable but United Nations Avenue, where the damaged Emilio Aguinaldo College building is located, has only one lane passable Wednesday.
The road was closed to prevent further damage which may be caused by passing vehicles.
Meanwhile, some road sections, including bridges that were affected by the quake in Eastern Samar are already passable with most of them having one lane open.
These are the Damaged Pagbabangnan Bridge, Layog Bridge, Sulat Bridge, and three sections of the Wright-Taft-Borongan Road in Barangays Maglipay and Casoroy.