Panguil Bay Bridge 73% done, to open next year

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The 3.17-kilometer Panguil Bay Bridge project is targeted to be 86% done towards the end of 2023 and fully completed by the first half of 2024. Photo from DPWH.
  • The 3.17-km Panguil Bay Bridge Project that will cost P7.37 billion is now more than 73% done, with the DPWH aiming for an 86% completion towards the end of the year
  • Construction is nearing the next phase, with an approach from Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and an approach road from Tubod, Lanao del Norte, linking up with each end of the extradosed central main bridge
  • The bridge project, which started in February 2020, will reduce overland travel time between Tangub City and Tubod town from between 2 hours and 2 hours and a half, to just seven minutes

The 3.17-kilometer Panguil Bay Bridge Project in Northern Mindanao is now more than 73% complete and should be 86% finished towards the end of the year, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Construction is nearing the next phase, which will see the approaches from Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and Tubod town in Lanao del Norte linking up with each end of the extradosed main bridge, the middle section of the P7.37 billion infrastructure, DPWH said in a statement.

DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain said with the project targeted to be 86% done towards the end of 2023 and fully completed by the first half of 2024, more than 400 workers are deployed on-site working 24/7.

The bridge project is made of pre-stressed concrete girders and an approach road. It is funded by a loan agreement between the Philippine government and Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank).

The bridge project, which started in February 2020, will reduce travel time between Tangub City and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, to just seven minutes, from between 2 hours and 2 hours and a half currently.

When construction is completed, the bridge is expected to benefit the local economy and provide convenience to businesses and the general public in Northern Mindanao.

Present connectivity between Ozamis City/Tangub City and Tubod through roll-on/roll-off vessel is about one and a half hour to 2.5 hours including loading and unloading time, while land travel over a distance of 100 km takes 2 hours to 2 hours and a half.

The infrastructure project is also seen to enhance economic growth by providing seamless transportation of goods and services.

The project contractor is Namkwang Engineering & Construction Corp. in joint venture with Kukdong Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. and Gumgwang Construction Co. Ltd. as well as engineering consultant Yooshin Engineering Corp. in joint venture with Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants Ltd. and Kyong-Ho Engineering & Architects Co. Ltd.

The Panguil Bay Bridge Project has an extradosed main bridge with a length of 320 meters, a 1,920 meters long approach bridge made of pre-stressed concrete girder, and an approach road.

The bridge will have a total length of 3.17 km and will surpass the 2.16 km San Juanico Bridge that connects Samar and Leyte provinces in the Eastern Visayas Region as the longest bridge in the Philippines.