Motorists and residents living in Southern Leyte will soon benefit from wider bridges after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that they will be widening a total of 10 bridges in the province.

With a total of budget of Php 252.6 million, the DPWH will be conducting bridge widening projects in the towns of Libagon and Sogod. These are now being fast-tracked to complement the ongoing road expansion projects along Southern Leyte's major thoroughfares.

From just having two-lanes, the bridges will be widened to four-lanes in order to accommodate a larger number of motorists. In addition, the wider road links will also provide safer travel to both tourists and locals, as well as ease congestion along the province's major thoroughfares.

Seven bridges will be widened in Libagon and will consist of the following: Bitanhun Bridge (Php 47.64-million), Oticon Bridge (Php 37.3-million), Nahulid Bridge (Php 26.3-million), Iti Bridge (Php 23.4-million), Pangi Bridge (Php 18.75-million), and the Gakat and Nahaong Bridges which amount to Php 17.3-million each.

Meanwhile, the three bridges that will be widened in the town of Sogod will include: Magaspo Bridge (Php 25.6-million), Maac II Bridge (Php 22.5-million) and Buac Bridge (Php 16.5-million).

The DPWH will be providing alternate routes, along with traffic advisories and warning signs to inform the public of the ongoing bridge widening projects that are expected to be finished by the end of 2018.