Panguil Bay Bridge, Mindanao’s longest, 56% complete

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Panguil Bay Bridge, Mindanao’s longest, 56% complete
The 3.169-km Panguil Bay bridge, which will be Mindanao’s longest, will provide easy connectivity and cut overland travel time between the key cities in Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
  • Construction of Panguil Bay Bridge linking Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, is more than halfway done, the Department of Public Works and Highways says
  • Work on the mega-bridge is being accelerated to finish the project by the December 2023 target completion date
  • The 3.169km bridge, which will be Mindanao’s longest, will provide easy connectivity and cut overland travel time between the key cities in Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte
  • Once completed in 2023, Panguil Bay Bridge will surpass the 2.16km San Juanico Bridge, currently the longest bridge in the Philippines that connects Samar and Leyte provinces in the Eastern Visayas

Construction of Panguil Bay Bridge, an inter-island mega bridge connecting Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte, is now 56% complete, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Roads Management Cluster 2, along with the contractor and consultant, are accelerating works on site as they strive to complete the project by the December 2023 target date, the agency said in a statement.

The infrastructure requires a total investment of P7.375 billion, of which P2.168 billion will be financed by the Philippine government and the P5.207 billion through a loan agreement with the Korean Export-Import Bank.

Ground-breaking for the project took place in 2018 and construction got under way in 2020, DPWH said.

Once completed in 2023, Panguil Bay Bridge will surpass the 2.16km San Juanico Bridge, currently the longest bridge in the Philippines that connects Samar and Leyte provinces in the Eastern Visayas.

The project contractors are the Korean joint venture of Namkwang Engineering & Construction Corp., Kukdong Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. and Gumgwang Construction Co. Ltd.

The consultant joint venture consists of Yooshin Engineering Corp., Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants Ltd., and Kyong-Ho Engineering & Architects Co. Ltd.

DPWH said sophisticated construction techniques and use of modern equipment and machinery accelerated the completion of all the 54 bored piling works offshore and onshore for the two abutments, each with two bored piles, 32 piers including the main bridge piers 17 and 18, each with four bored piles, and pylons 1 and 2, each with six bored piles.

Installation of prestressed concrete housing for pylons 1 and 2, and copings and columns of some piers have been completed while equipment and materials are being prepared to start the incremental launching method for both ends of the bridge.

DPWH said the bridge, with a total length of 3.169 kilometers, will soon to be the longest in Mindanao. It is being built to provide easy connectivity and mobility between the two Northern Mindanao provinces.

DPWH Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil Sadain said the project has created jobs for locals and will lower the cost of doing business by lowering vehicle operating costs as it will cut travel time and improve mobility.

Connectivity between Ozamis City/Tangub City and Tubod is currently provided by roll-on/roll-off vessels, which takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours, including loading and unloading time. Land travel over a distance of 100 kilometers takes 2 to 2.5 hours.