A high volume of tourists are expected to flock Kalibo for the annual Ati-atihan Festival, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have just completed a new bridge that will help tourists and locals alike.

Recently, the DPWH inagurated the 770-linear meter Kalibo Bridge which will serve to reduce travel time from Kalibo City to Caticlan from 75 minutes to just 60 minutes. The two-lane bridge is expected not only to boost tourism, but to quicken delivery of goods and basic commodities to and from the capital of Kalibo.

“Around 6,000 motorists, residents and tourists are anticipated to feel the benefits of its completion. As part of the 15.81-kilometer Kalibo Circumferential Road, the bridge will provide an alternate route from Aklan West Road and a direct link to Kalibo Airport,” said Mark Villar, DPWH Secretary.

Built with a budget of Php 500 million, the bridge is comprised of 22 spans of bored pile foundation, slope protection works, and concrete.

With its completion, the bridge is expected to ease traffic congestion in Kalibo proper. In addition, the Kalibo Bridge III by-passes the Municipality of Numancia and passes through the Municipality of Lezo. This will allow motorists to easily get to and from their destinations, while also freeing up traffic along certain towns.

With the annual festival set to begin soon, the new Kalibo Bridge will surely help tourists during their travels.