Following its decimation by typhoons Pedring and Quiel back in 2011, commuters in the Cagayan Valley region have lost Pigalo Bridge as a means to cross the Cagayan River. With its reconstruction commencing as early as 2013, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now officially re-opening the refurbished Pigalo Bridge in Angadanan, Isabela.
Costing a total of Php 458 million and spanning 450 meters with 500 meters worth of road networks, drainage structures, and embankment protection, the new Pigalo Bridge will ideally cut travel time between the towns of Angadanan and San Guillermo, Isabela by roughly 30 minutes.
Ideally, the bridge will become a vital thoroughfare between other municipalities in the area as well. Construction for the new bridge has been further prioritized following the successful conversion of classification of the provincial road into a national road.
“With the construction of the 450-meter bridge, residents of the Cagayan Valley province will no longer be burdened in transporting their agricultural products to the to commercial centers” said Melanio C. Briosos, DPWH Cagayan Valley Regional Director.
This new mega bridge that replaces the old dilapidated overflow bridge structure ought to help locals who have been risking their lives and properties trying to traverse the old ravaged bridge, posing danger to motorists and pedestrians alike in the past few years.