With the recent success of the CCLEX in Cebu and other bridges in the country, it wouldn’t come off as a surprise if another bridge is planned to be built again. After all, the Philippines has many islands, and bridges would definitely help them connect with each other.
Speaking of which, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that it plans to start construction on the project in the first quarter of 2023, making the goal of bridges connecting Panay Island, Guimaras Island, and Negros Island in Western Visayas closer to becoming a reality.
According to a release from the DPWH, the 32.47-kilometer Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project entails building two sea bridges that connect Panay Island, Guimaras Island, and Negros Island.
A total of 13 kilometers would make up the Panay to Guimaras link (Section A), while the link between Guimaras and Negros (Section B) would be more than 20 kilometers long overall. These interconnected bridges would cut the three or four hours that the same trip takes by ferry to less than an hour for commuters, drivers, and cargo carriers from Panay to the Negros Islands.
The project’s detailed engineering design (DED) works are anticipated to start in the first quarter of 2023, according to DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain, while submission and reception of bid documents are scheduled for this December 2022, according to the DPWH.
The preliminary design including a review of the feasibility study and preliminary and basic design, full engineering design comprising estimation of detailed construction cost, and procurement help are all included in the scope of engineering services.