Last year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), along with a Korean joint-venture group, announced that they are all set to begin the design and construction of the Panguil Bay Bridge project.
Unfortunately, the PHP 6.4 billion mega-bridge faced some delays due to the pandemic. But that didn't stop the DPWH from starting work on the monumental infrastructure once quarantine measures eased. Just recently, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar shared a progress photo of the said project.
Now while construction of the bridge itself has yet to begin, the DPWH is already busy building the access road that will eventually lead to it. Located in Tubod, Lanao Del Norte, the access road appears to have two lanes per direction. There also appears to be a nearby staging/construction area where the DPWH could work on launching or building some of the mega bridge's components.
There is no exact date yet as to when the Panguil Bay Bridge will be completed. But given that the mega bridge will span a total of 3.77-kilometers, as well as cross a big body of water, it's understandable why the project has no definite date of completion just yet.
Once finished, however, the massive bridge project will connect the municipalities of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental with Tubod, Lanao Del Norte. Travel time between the two locations will be cut from 2.5 hours to only 7 minutes.
We certainly cannot wait for this major infrastructure project, along with the Manila Bay Bridge that will connect Cavite with Bataan, to be completed in the coming years.