NAVAL, Biliran, (BDEO) – The Caraycaray detour/ Spillway in Naval town is now passable to heavy equipment, six-wheeler trucks and vehicles with heavy loads effective October 03, 2019.

This detour/spillway undergone restoration after it was cut-off by floodwaters during heavy rains caused by Tropical Depression “Jenny” on August 27, 2019.

Photo: Completed restoration of Caraycaray detour/ Spillway in Naval town. The Caraycaray detour/spillway was constructed as an alternate route for heavy vehicles after the approaches and spans of the Bridge collapsed during the onslaught of typhoon Urduja on December 16, 2017.
Photo: Completed restoration of Caraycaray detour/ Spillway in Naval town. The Caraycaray detour/spillway was constructed as an alternate route for heavy vehicles after the approaches and spans of the Bridge collapsed during the onslaught of typhoon Urduja on December 16, 2017.

David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer said that vehicles with more than four wheels and heavy equipment will no longer take a longer route from Biliran bridge in going to Naval and vice versa.

“This is in response to the clamor of the travelling public to restore the said detour/spillway immediately as brought out during our meeting with Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) and Peace and Development Council on August 27,” said Adongay.

“It is the directive of President Duterte to ensure full mobility of traffic after his visit to the province on December 18, 2017,” he added.

Since the collapsed of the Caraycaray Bridge approaches and spans on December 16, 2017, the Caraycaray detour/spillway serves as an alternate route for heavy vehicles. Without the detour/ spillway, heavy vehicles will need to travel 57 kilometers Biliran-Caibiran Cross Country route to Naval compared to the 19-kilometer distance Biliran-Naval route.

Meanwhile, the fragile Caraycaray Bridge is operational for light vehicles only. Adongay revealed that the construction/ replacement of Caraycaray bridge will start anytime on this month under DPWH Regional Office VIII implementation.

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