NAVAL, BILIRAN – The completed widening of Gueron Bridge project in Brgy. Villa Consuelo in Naval town now provides motorists along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR) road section a wider, safer and faster travel.

Implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Biliran District Engineering Office, the bridge widening project has an allocation amount of PHP 24-M funded under FY 2022.

OIC-District Engineer (DE) Alfredo L. Bollido said that the widened bridge along the said road section will improve the transport of people and the mobility of goods and farm products to the market centers.

According to OIC-DE Bollido, aside from safety and comfort of the travelling public, this widened bridge will also help boost the economy and tourism in the province. This road section along NCCCR leads to different tourist spots in Biliran, such as the Tinago Falls, Tomalistis Falls and Canaan Hill Farm, among others.

The 25-meter long Gueron Bridge involves the widening of 6.10-meter two lane bridge to 15.36-meter four lanes with asphalt overlay for smoother travel and pavement markings to guide motorists for safety. It also involves the construction of a 35-meter drainage and a 50.95 linear-meter retaining wall.

Uldareco Ermeño, 66, a resident of Brgy. Villa Consuelo, Naval, Biliran, expressed his gratitude to the DPWH for implementing the said project, saying, “Tungod aning pagkaayo sa atong kalsada nga lapad na, daku na gyud kaayu’g kausaban, hanoy na. Ultimo gani magpalit me ug sud-an sa lungsod, dali na!” The completed bridge-widening project will complement the widened roads along NCCCR. In 2022, DPWH, Biliran DEO also implemented two bridge-widening projects along the said road section. These bridges are the Cabadiangan and Alawihaw Bridges, which will continue its construction this year 2023 under multi-year funding. (PR / EV Mail April 24-30, 2023 issue)