North Samar development council endorses proposed Luzon-Samar link bridge project

- Date Posted: March 3, 2017

CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The development council of the Province of Northern Samar has endorsed the proposed Luzon-Samar link bridge project for implementation of the Department of Public Works and Highways on its regular meeting in February 23.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Romeo M. Cardenas said the proposed bridge is among the infrastructure projects submitted to the Chinese government for technical assistance in the preparation of a feasibility study.

He explained that the Sorsogon-Samar Island bridge will include the construction of the three (3) long-span bridges (Allen-San Antonio, 4.9 kilometers; San Antonio-Capul, 4.9 kilometers; Capul-Matnog, 12 kilometers) to connect Samar to the main island of Luzon.

This project is part of President Duterte’s thrust to spend up to Php 9 Trillion in the next six years for mega projects, including long span bridges that would link Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, he added.

The planning officer further explained that at the moment, roll-on roll-off (RoRo) ferries cross the San Bernardino Strait with a distance of 28 kilometers transporting passengers and vehicles to and from Matnog Port and Allen Port.

During peak season trucks carrying cargoes to the province are usually stranded at the port of Matnog, thus causing delay in the delivery of goods.

With this mega project of the present administration, travel time will be shorter by eliminating the waiting and loading time and will also boost trade, tourism, job creation and hasten the delivery of government aid during emergencies and disasters, he concluded. (ajc/tbc-pia8northernsamar)