20-ton vehicles can pass in south’s alternate route
Buses and cargo trucks weighing up to 20 tons may now use the Lindogon, Simala road as an alternative route to and from southern Cebu in the light of the damage to the bridge at the national highway of Dumlog, Sibonga.
The alternative road, however, is open only from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
“This consensus was reached by the Cebu provincial government with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Mayor Lionel Bacaltos of Sibonga,” Capitol information officer Ethel Natera said in a text message.
The approach to the Dumlog bridge was damaged by floodwaters brought about by typhoon Seniang.
Also, a two-meter wide, 15-meter long footbridge made of coconut lumber was available as of yesterday for pedestrians to use while the bridge in Dumlog undergoes repair.
The temporary footbridge was reportedly made by the public works department.
Law enforcers were manning the traffic of pedestrians at the footbridge and at the alternative route for vehicles.
Last Saturday, January 2, Cebu Gov. HIlario P. Davide III visited Sibonga to discuss with Sibonga and DPWH officials alternative routes.
Since the approach to the bridge in Dumlog was washed away last December 29, commuters had to get down the bus before the bridge, use a makeshift footbridge built by some enterprising residents for a fee, and take other buses waiting on the other side of the damaged infrastructure.
Some had passengers transferred to the other side by paying motorcycles-for-hire that takes riders through a barangay road.
The DPWH-7 earlier promised to install a temporary steel bridge in one week.
Typhoon Seniang left at least 18 persons dead, at least six others injured and damaged several government infrastructure in Cebu and Bohol provinces.