MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte — The Department of Public Works and Highways — Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED) leads the groundbreaking, Thursday, of five bridges funded by the Spanish government with a combined cost of over P 130 million.

Three of the bridges Lawaan, Bagacay, and Hibatian are located in Silago, while the two others Bil-atan and Pinut-an are located in San Ricardo town in Panaon island.

Expected to grace the occasion today are DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis, Gov. Damian Mercado, Cong. Roger Mercado, municipal officials of Silago headed by Mayor Manuel Labrador and for San Ricardo, Mayor William Yu.

All five bridge projects are contracted under the J.D. Legaspi Const/A.C. Rivero Development Corporation Joint Venture, for a duration of 456 calendar days starting from October 25, 2012, their dates of completion until January 23, 2014.

At the Silago side, the Lawaan bridge has a project cost of P 32 million, Bagacay – P 20.5 million, and Hibatian, P 16.8 million. For the San Ricardo side, Bil-atan had an appropriation of P 29.5 million, and the Pinut-an bridge, P 32.5 million.

The main scope of work of the bridges also covered their approaches, including road surfacing, construction of bridge deck slab, slope protection works and other related structures.

Other technicalities of the project included its substructures, a spill-through type abutment supported by 2-1.20 meter diameter columns on spread footing foundation, and the assembly or erection of one girder at 20-meter span. (mmp-PIA8, Southern Leyte)