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Damaged Bridge Causes 3-hour Traffic Jam

Pamplona, Camarines Sur (28 December 2010) — Due to lack of an official traffic advisory from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First Engineering districts office in this province, vehicles passing through a major-bridge-link along Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Isidro, Pamplona town were held up for nearly three hours last December 27 when only one lane of the damaged San Isidro Bridge was passable for vehicular traffic.

A spokesman for the local police in this town said that after a three-hour traffic delay, light and heavy vehicles bound for Quezon province, Metro Manila and vice-versa were able to cross the bridge but only through a single lane.

Since last week, the San Isidro Bridge had sustained damages on the surface of one of its lanes according to unofficial report from the town’s local government.

On Monday, a work-crew from the DPWH was reported to have installed steel-support on the damaged portion of the bridge.

The DPWH First Engineering District Office, which has jurisdiction on this locality, has not yet issued official information on the technical aspects of the bridge’s damage and the current status on the bridge’s repair. (SONNY SALES)