Tuesday, December 9, 2014
DPWH Said: All National Roads Passable
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said all national roads affected by now-Tropical Depression “Ruby” are now open to traffic in Bicol except for two road sections in Eastern Visayas and Southern Tagalog.
As of 8 a.m. on December 9, 2014, DPWH regional director Melvin Navarro said only the Baraca Bridge Detour, Milaor in Camarines Sur remains closed in Bicol due to “damaged approach.”
Other damages resulting from the weather disturbance included “eroded slope protection, scoured shoulder and washed out surface” after the roadways were submerged in floodwaters and covered with mud die to landslides.
The said damaged roads are the Lagonoy-Presentacion Road, Nabua Poblacion along Daang Maharlika Highway, Iriga City-Nabua Road in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes Circumferential Road, Jct. Bato-Baras Road and Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road in Catanduanes.
In Masbate, San Pascual-Claveria Road, Masbate-Cataingan-Placer Daraga, and Jct. Milagros-Baleno-Lagta Road also sustained damages from the typhoon as well as the Cabilogan Bridge in Albay.
Navarro said the cost of damage wrought by “Ruby” on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure amounted to P138.83 million.
DPWH continues to conduct clearing operations and emergency repairs to make the roads passable to vehicular traffic. It has placed warning signs on the affected roads.
“Assessment of damages on infrastructures in all district engineering offices are still ongoing and subject for validation,” he said.
In Southern Tagalog, DPWH said Jct. MSR old Zigzag Road is still off-limits to the riding public due to fallen trees and landslides.
In Samar, the Calbayog-Catarman via Lope de Vega Road in Barangays Sinidman and Tarabucan is still closed.
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