By Glen S. Ramos
SOUTHERN Leyte – Ever wonder what is the tallest bridge in the country?
You need not check for it online as it is simply located here in Southern Leyte and known as the Agas-Agas Bridge with a depth of 89 meters from the bottom of the footings to the top roadway.
It was completed in 2006 to provide a better road network and cut down the driving time for motorists. The Agas-Agas section of the Pan-Philippine Highway is prone to landslides during heavy rains.
The 1.024-billion bridge was financed partly by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
With a length of about 350 meters and a height of 89 meters above ground, the center span of the structure measures 177 meters in length supported by two piers measuring 73 meters and 75 meters from the ground.
Seeing its high tourism potential, President Gloria Arroyo approved the plan for the construction of the bungee jumping platform along the bridge as well as other tourism amenities including paramotor, downhill skateboarding, zip-line, rappelling, and other extreme sports. (ai/mtvn)