Published by: DPWH LDN 2nd Engineering District Office
Date: 19 March 2021
After more than nine years of construction, the Mandulog Bridge 1 project is finally completed and set to open to the motoring public on March 22 (Monday), said District Engineer Alykhan Ali of DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office.
The project delay was primarily due to right-of-way issues that hounded the project up to the very last month of implementation.
“The final agreement between DPWH, the contractor, the local PNP, and the last three affected families proved crucial to the completion of this project. It has been a long and hard-fought battle to implement this bridge project but finally, we made it to the finish line,” said DPWH LDN 2nd Engineering District Office
The Mandulog bridge 1 project was initiated by the national government in 2012 after the old Hinaplanon bridge collapsed during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong. However, construction came to a halt in 2016 after landowners of the affected properties in Brgy. San Roque rejected DPWH’s settlement offer.
“With the opening of this bridge we expect to see more economic activities here in Iligan and ultimately this will result to a more progressive city,” said District Engineer Ali.
The opening of Mandulog Bridge 1 is expected to significantly lessen the volume of traffic in the city center of Iligan. Motorists from Marawi City, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte can use Mandulog Bridge 1 and the C3 road network to bypass the city center and avoid heavy traffic.
“With more and more motorists using the C-3 road, areas along this road network will soon see new businesses spring up bringing employment opportunities and development to Iligan,” Ali added.# (VNL/DPWH-PIO)