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Sobrang trapik! Cavite mayor Reyes tells DPWH to rush construction of Magdiwang Bridge

Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua on Thursday urged the contractor of the Magdiwang Bridge, a vital link connecting this town to Cavite City and the towns of Kawit, Rosario and Tanza, to speed up the construction to ease the monstrous traffic in the area.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) closed the Magdiwang Bridge on Jan. 22, 2018 for major repair and rehabilitation. It was supposed to be finished in 90 days from Jan. 22.

The 70-day delay of the bridge project, causing traffic jams in the area during rush hours, has caught the attention of the mayor and the municipal engineering office.

“Umaasa ho ako na matatapos po nila ang construction as soon as possible para bumalik sa normal ang daloy ng trapiko sa aming lugar (I hope that they (contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways) would complete the construction as soon as possible so the flow of traffic in our place would be back to normal),” Chua said.

The mayor and the municipal engineering office have been closely monitoring the construction of Magdiwang Bridge, following complaints from motorists and constituents that reached his office, on a daily basis.

Chua is coordinating from time to time with the contractor, Hexmind Construction, to monitor the speed of construction of the bridge, after the 70-day delay.

The mayor admitted he has been appeasing constituents who have lodged complaints at the town hall ovr the inconvenience and clarified that the bridge project is not being undertaken by the local government but by the DPWH, costing some PHP 31,032,842 as posted in the construction site billboard.

Since the bridge’s closure, Noveleta Traffic Management Bureau chief Ricky Saria has provided traffic re-routing advisories to the riding public and townsfolk as they guide motorists and commuters to the alternate routes towards Barangay San Jose and Barangay Santa Rosa in this town.

“Kami rin naman sa barangay, napupurwisyo din dahil sa mga dumadaang mga malalaking sasakyan at ingay dahil sa pansamantalang route diversion dito (we in the barangay are also inconvenienced by the passage of big vehicles and trucks and the noise in the temporary route diversion),” a visibly irked villager said. (Dennis Abrina/PNA)