Crossing the Cagayan River between the municipalities of Angadanan and San Guillermo in the province of Isabela is now faster and easier. Recently, the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) opened the new Pigalo Bridge. With it, travel time between the two municipalities is now 30 minutes faster.
Built with a budget of Php 459 million, the new bridge replaces the old dilapidated structures that were devastated by typhoons Pedring and Quiel back in 2011. It spans 450 meters long, and has 250 meter approaches from each side. In addition, the bridge also comes with sidewalks and concrete railings for pedestrians, as well as drainage and embankment protection works.
The DPWH was able to finish building the bridge last March. However, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that they had to improve its structural integrity since they were anticipating high volume of heavy vehicles that are expected to cross the bridge on a daily basis.
“The best asset of this new mega bridge is that it will provide direct access for residents in outlying barangays while at the same time, ensuring safe and convenient travel for both locals and tourists,” added Villar.
Apart from benefitting locals and tourists, the new bridge will also serve as a direct link for the delivery of agricultural goods from far flung areas, to the big commercial hubs located in the Cagayan Valley region.