TACLOBAN CITY – Four of the six roads and bridges in Leyte Island damaged by Tropical Depression Vicky over the weekend are now passable to all light vehicles after emergency repair and construction of detours, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Wednesday.
In a situational report sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the DPWH maintenance division said still impassable to any types of four-wheeled vehicles are the Marabong Bridge in Burauen, Leyte and Layog Bridge in Mahaplag, Leyte.
Restoration works are still ongoing for Marabong Bridge due to massive scouring of slope protection with the heavy flooding on Saturday.
The broken steel bottom chord of Layog Bridge rendered the structure impassable to cars, buses, and trucks.
Marabong Bridge forms part of a highway that connects the towns of Burauen and La Paz in central Leyte.
Layog Bridge, meanwhile, is within the country’s major nautical highway connecting Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and Mindanao.
South-bound motorists are advised to take the longer alternative routes in the western part of Leyte province to get to their destinations, the DPWH said in its advisory.
The target is to open even just half of the bridge before Christmas Day.
For other damaged infrastructures, DPWH personnel managed to build detours in Cuatro de Agosto village in Mahaplag, Leyte; Balinsasayao village in Abuyog, Leyte, and Tubod village in Silago, Southern Leyte after major erosions.
The most affected road section is in Mahaplag town where a portion was completely washed out due to an estimated 42,700-cubic meter road cut. The erosion killed two elderlies on Saturday dawn.
For the washed-out Panalian Bridge in Silago town, the DPWH completed the detour bridge on Tuesday.
The report said the DPWH has yet to come up with the total extent of the damage. (PNA)