By Betheena Unite
Students living in a remote village in Nueva Vizcaya will no longer have to endure long walks and river crossing when going to school located in another village as a hanging bridge connecting the two places has been completed.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Thursday that the 75.20-linear meter hanging bridge linking Barangay Aurora and Barangay Boliwao in Nueva Vizcaya was already completed.
The bridge was constructed over the Magat River in the province, providing residents, mostly students in Barangay Aurora an access to the Boliwao Elementary School.
“Prior to the completion of this project, students walk for about 5.35 kilometers, rain or shine, just to go to school. But now, this bridge will provide a safer and shorter connection for the students and stakeholders in the area,” District Engineer Oscar Gumiran said.
Aside from pedestrians, motorcycles are also allowed to pass through the bridge “thus providing an alternate route that will hasten the delivery of goods and services since income of residents in the area rely mainly on agriculture and mining.”
The construction of the hanging steel bridge was undertaken by the DPWH – Nueva Vizcaya First District Engineering Office and was funded under the 2019 Local Infrastructure Program.