New Clarin Bridge in Bohol opens to traffic

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2022 07:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 23 2022 11:10 AM

The new Clarin Bridge in Loay Bohol. JICA Philippines handout
The new Clarin Bridge in Loay Bohol. JICA Philippines handout

MANILA — The newly built bridge replacing the old Clarin Bridge in Loay, Bohol that collapsed in April has been opened to traffic, officials said Wednesday.

The new bridge, which is a P501.87 million loan project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is built a few meters parallel to the collapsed bridge.

It is located near the bank of Loboc River, one of Bohol's major tourist attraction.

The bridge spans 104 meters with a "Nielsen arch superstructure," with its designed based on a bridge in Metro Manila.

Construction of the new bridge started in 2018 but was delayed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The old Clarin Bridge, which was built in the 1970s, collapsed in April, killing 4 people.

Before its collapse, it had undergone retrofitting after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Bohol and other parts of the Visayas in 2013.

— report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

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