THE BRIDGE connecting the island province of Biliran to mainland Leyte in the central Philippines will undergo a P50-million restoration starting July, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, in a statement Tuesday, said the 150-meter bridge needs to be fortified as it can no longer accommodate large and heavy cargo vehicles.
“Apart from securing the safety and convenience of travelers and residents, we are also preserving the historical significance of the existing bridge,” he said.
The Biliran Bridge was inaugurated in 1976.
The Biliran provincial government says on its website that the development of what was then just a town under Leyte started with the construction of the bridge.