DPWH-6 completes by-pass bridge in Aklan

The 63-lineal meter Tangalan By-pass Bridge along the ongoing 1.5-kilometer Tangalan By-pass Road project will provide shorter travel time to Caticlan in Malay town, the jump-off point to Boracay Island. (Photos courtesy of DPWH, Aklan DEO)

The construction of the bridge along Tangalan By-pass Road in Tangalan town in Aklan province, is substantially completed, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Aklan District Engineering Office.

The P38.871-million project is a 63-lineal meter, 3-span reinforced concrete deck girder (RCDG) bridge with abutment and slope protection.

District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella said the bridge, which traverses the Tangalan River, is integral to the ongoing construction of the 1.554-kilometer, 6.7-meter wide Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) Tangalan By-pass road with shoulders being implemented by the District. The road project is worth P71 million.

“This by-pass road will be used to divert vehicles going to and from Caticlan in Malay town, which is the gateway to the world renowned Boracay Island, hence minimizing congestion in the Tangalan town proper and reducing travel time by about 10 to 15 minutes, making the travel more convenient and faster,” Fuentebella said.

Tangalan By – Pass Bridge

Meantime, the district has rehabilitated and improved the portion of Boracay Circumferential Road with the length of 804.5 lineal meters.

The P50-million project involved the construction of a 2-lane, 6.1-meter wide PCCP road with drainage system, slope protection with paving blocks, curb and gutter, regulatory signage and thermoplastic pavement markings.

“The improvement of Boracay Circumferential Road will lessen travel time from Cagban Port in Manoc-Manoc going to various beaches and resorts, thus would benefit approximately 30,000 residents, millions of tourists and hundreds of business establishments in the island,” Fuentebella stressed. (DPWHR6/RPAIO)