Uguiaban Bridge, which connects the town of Talakag and Cagayan de Oro was again destroyed at the height of Typhoon Pablo.

I think this bridge has been destroyed a couple of times already in the past. As you can see, the old single-lane steel bridge remains. But because it only has one lane, the government built a new 2-lane concrete bridge which could handle heavier transport vehicles. If I remembered it right, the new bridge collapsed after its main abutments were eroded by river currents. Luckily for the people of Talakag, the old steel bridge was not removed by the national government and they used it to cross the river…but vehicles were not allowed due to the bridge’s limitations.

And so again, the national government built a new one to replace the collapsed concrete bridge…. and again, this was destroyed… DPWH engineers should have known by now the errors in previous designs… but then again, your guess is as good as mine.

Uguiaban Bridge is where the city’s famed whitewater rafting starts.

photo by Bryan Lucky Noble

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