‘Mission Impassable’ for DPWH after Abra Magnitude 7 quake

‘Mission Impassable’ for DPWH after Abra Magnitude 7 quake

By Junex Doronio

July 27, 2022

Photo shows an impassable road on Kennon Road in Baguio after boulders of rocks caved into it as a result of the strong aftershock of 7.0 magnitude Abra temblor. (interaksyon.com photo courtesy)

MANILA — After the province of Abra was jolted early Wednesday morning by a magnitude 7 earthquake, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now facing a “Mission Impassable’ as a total of 14 national roads are closed down to traffic due to rock fall, soil collapse, and for safety reasons.

DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan disclosed that in Abra, road closures were reported along Abra – Kalinga Road K0437+250 – K0475+000, Intermittent Sections, Abra and at K0474+000; Abra – Ilocos Norte Road, K0430+000 section and Calaba Bridge; and Abra-Cervantes Road, at Biweng Bridge.

He added that roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that are closed to traffic are Kennon Road, Benguet; Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road K0303+100, Bobok Bisal, Bokod due to soil collapse and K0302+700, Poblacion, Bokod Benguet; Baguio-Itogon Road, Itogon Bridge, K0267+519 due to safety reason; Congressman Andres Acop Cosalan Road, K0318+500, Sitio, Bugao, Barangay Adaoay, Kabayan, Benguet; and Gov. Bado Dangwa National Road K0297+200, K0297+800, K0298+400 sections in Beling-belis, Kapangan and K0313+150 section in Poblacion, Kibungan, Benguet.

Also not passable are Kalinga-Abra Road K0468+860 and K0467+400 in Ableg, Pail, Kalinga, and K0497+000 onwards Abra, Pantikian to Balblasang, Balbalan and Lubuagan-Batong Buhay Road in Upper Kalinga; Banaue-Hungduan-Benguet Boundary Road, K0389+700, Wangwang, Tinoc in Ifugao; and various sections of Baguio – Bontoc Road, Mt. Province-Cagayan via Tabuk – Enrile Road, Mt. Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Kayan Mt. Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue all in Mountain Province. (ai/mtvn)

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