By MP SOLIS
LEGAZPI CITY — The newly-completed Padang Bridge here was formally inaugurated on Sept. 11 by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Legazpi Mayor Geraldine B. Rosal.
The bridge destroyed by typhoon “Reming” in 2006 and the cascading lahar from Mayon Volcano costs some P32 million to complete. It has a length of 282 meters including approaches. The bridge was constructed by WCS Construction under the supervision of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Albay 2nd Engineering District Office, headed by Engineer Manuel Azurin.
The construction of the new bridge was made possible through the efforts of Lagman, who thanked Rep. Al Francis Bichara (2nd District, Albay) and former mayor and now Legazpi City administrator, Noel E. Rosal, for giving him the opportunity to push for the completion of the bridge even if is it not within his district.
Lagman recalled that commuters, travelers, traders, among others from both the first and second congressional districts of the province, as well as emergency cases and the transport of goods and commodities were greatly affected by the detour lane temporarily constructed especially in times of heavy traffic, rainy days, mud flows and flooding, which stalled the flow of traffic prior to the completion of the bridge.
On the other hand, Mayor Geraldine B. Rosal was grateful to Lagman for his indefatigable efforts that led to the successful construction of the bridge.
Rosal said that the new bridge is very important for the locals first and foremost because this will resuscitate the accessibility and other business activities in this part of the province.