By Betheena Unite
A new bridge that will replace the old and unreliable Abusag Bridge in Baggao, Cagayan during calamities is now under construction, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
The Abusag Bridge located in Barangay San Jose, Baggao is undergoing major reconstruction at a project cost of P486-million, the department said.
The vital bridge, which used to be among the badly-affected road portions in the province during calamities, will reconnect the town of Baggao to other municipalities in the province once completed. It is situated on Baybayog-Baggao-Dalin- Sta. Margarita Road.
Dubbed as a high-impact bridge project, aside from construction of the 511-meter long Abusag Bridge, it will also include the construction of more than 600-meter roads on both ends of the bridge approaches.
According to the department, the construction of Abusag Bridge will provide convenience in transporting agricultural and commercial products from the countryside to major economic hubs in urban areas and other neighboring provinces of Cagayan.
It will also provide the public better and faster access to schools, health facilities and trade establishments. It will boost and encourage interest for emerging tourist destinations like the Blue Water Cave and Valley Cove in Baggao.
The department vowed that the new bridge “will be a more safe, resilient and durable elevated bridge compared to the old overflow structure, solving the struggle of the inner barangay residents who have always experienced being isolated in times of typhoons and heavy rains.”
The bridge project is expected to be completed by 2020.