RP's tallest bridge opens in S. Leyte

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2009 06:14 PM | Updated as of Aug 09 2009 02:18 AM

Bridge will also be used for 'semi-bungee jumping'

MANILA - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will inaugurate on Sunday (August 10) the "country's tallest bridge--the 85-meter tall Agas-Agas Bridge" located in barangay Kahupian in the municipality of Sogod, Southern Leyte. 

In a statement, the Office of the Press Secretary said "the P1.024 -billion bridge project is part of the Daang Maharlika Highway espoused in the President's Super Regions economic development plan priority infrastructure program."

"The bridge was constructed to serve as a permanent solution to the natural movements of loose soil aggregates, or landslides, in this mountainous area during rainy days reportedly due to a fault line that hinder traffic when the highway is blocked, sometimes resulting in loss of lives and properties," the OPS said on Saturday.

"Considered an engineering masterpiece, the Agas-Agas bridge would provide a safe connection from the Daang Maharlika to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, like the ones existing in Matnog, Sorsogon, Allen, Samar, and the Liloan Ferry Terminal, in Southern Leyte connecting all the way to Surigao," the OPS added.

The project, which started construction in 2006, was undertaken by the Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.. It is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency under the second phase of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway Rehabilitation Project.

The OPS said the bridge "is considered as one of the vital road networks in Eastern Visayas that will boost tourism and the economy of the region."

Bungee jumping

President Arroyo, the OPS said, will also witness the "launching of the Agas-Agas Bridge as an extreme sports destination due to its 'uncanny height' which is ideal for semi-bungee jumping, zip line rapelling and downhill skate boarding."

The bridge has view deck, parking area, rest house, bridge bituminous concrete surface course and bridge electrical provision.

"Because it is considered as one of the engineering feats in the country, the Agas-Agas Bridge has the potential to become one of the tourist spots in Eastern Visayas," the DPWH said.

The OPS said the bridge's "viewing deck in the middle of the bridge will allow motorists to better appreciate the view of the surrounding mountainous areas and forests."