Residents living in Barangay Samapo, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat will now be able to safely cross the 62-year old Sampao Bridge after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently finished retrofitting works.

According to District Engineer Alan D. Arumpac of the DPWH Sultan Kudarat First District Engineering Office, the modernization and strengthening of Sampao Bridge was necessary as commuters continue to grow in numbers. In addition, the DPWH also wanted to make sure that the bridge was more resistant to seismic activity should an earthquake hit the area.

“Sampao Bridge - built in 1956 - needed to be repaired due to its age. Results of our inspection also revealed its deterioration hence the project was realized,” said Engineer Arumpac.

The 49-lineal meter bridge provides access for motorists along the busy Kidapawan-Ala Junction Road. Thanks to a budget of Php 8.3 million under the 2018 General Appropriations Acts (GAA), the six-decade-old bridge now has better load bearing capacity, and now conforms to the DPWH's bridge design standards.

Besides repairing and improving the Sampao Bridge, the DPWH is also on track in repairing other bridges in Mindanao within the year. These include the Alae Bridge in Bukidnon, and the Alubijid and Opol Bridges which are both located in Misamis Oriental.