The Mandulog Bridge 1 project in Iligan City is finally completed and is set to open to the motoring public on March 22, 2021, Monday. This was announced by 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 3 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,” expressed DPWH-X Project Engineer Rasmia Ma-amor.
The Mandulog Bridge 1 project was initiated by the national government last 2012 after the old Hinaplanon Bridge collapsed during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong. However, construction came to a halt last 2016 pending settlement of affected properties in Barangay San Roque.
“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,” predicted District Engineer Ali.