The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through its contractor are racing against time to finish rehabilitating the collapsed portion of the approach of the under construction bridge near the boundary of Barangay Igpit and Barangay Taboc in Opol town which has caused severe inconvenience to motorists with some economic repercussions in Cagayan de Oro City and the province as a whole.

It can be recalled that just before noon yesterday, the west-bound lane of the new bridge was closed to vehicular traffic after a portion of the approach collapsed making it unsafe for motorists. The incident triggered heavy traffic which reached as far as El Salvador City in the west and Iponan in Cagayan de Oro in the east. This is because only one lane was pasable for both east and westbound motorists.

Many travelers bound for Laguindingan Airport missed their scheduled flights. Many commuters also opted to walk several kilometers as traffic flow moved at a snail-pace.

As shown in the photo below, the collapsed portion is similar to the one seen in the background (east-bound lane).

The new bridge was not damaged though.

The new bridge was elevated higher than the recent flood levels recorded in the area.

Police, traffic personnel and local officials had to man the area asking for patience.

You can see steel piles (lower right) which can provide stability to the compacted filling materials.

Photo below shows what remains of the old bridge.

Based on radio reports, authorities expect to finish the repair within the day.

all photos by Opol Pcr

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