DPWH opens new bridges in Pampanga, Bataan

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The new Pasac-Culcul Bridge 1 and 2 along Sto. Tomas-Minalin Road in Minalin, Pampanga are now officially open to vehicular traffic. The new Pasac-Culcul Bridges 1 and 2 are replacement projects of two (2) bailey bridges in Pampanga that lie along the 15-kilometer diversion road and bypasses the busy roads of Sto. Tomas and City of San Fernado, Pampanga. -- Facebook/@dpwhph

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opened on Thursday, Sept. 6, three new bridges in Pampanga and Bataan to replace the existing infrastructure in the region that have weakened over time.

In a statement, the DPWH said the Pasac-Culcul Bridge 1 and 2 connecting Sto. Tomas to Minalin Road in Pampanga and the Samal Bridge linking Jct Layac, Balanga and Mariveles Port Road in Bataan are now passable to vehicles.

“These new 2-lane bridges were constructed under the DPWH Bridge Construction Replacement Program (BCRP) I Contract Package 2 implemented by DPWH UPMO-Bridge Management Cluster to provide safer, sturdier linkage along national roads that also serve as diversion roads and help decongest traffic along major thoroughfares,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar was quoted as saying. — Denise A. Valdez