TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, 18 May (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to grace this afternoon the opening of the widened Governor Miranda Bridge II that crosses through Tagum Liboganon River at the boundary of the municipality of Carmen and the city of Tagum.
The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has seen the need to expand the Governor Miranda Bridge 10 years after it was built in 2004.
In a briefer, DPWH said that the bridge now has higher elevation "designed to protect the travelling public from flooding".
Aside from facilitating safe travel when Tagum Liboganon overflows, the widened bridge is seen to provide ease of traffic flow of large buses, utility and private vehicles ply north to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley and even much farther north towards Caraga Region.
The contiguous provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley have become a major producer of agricultural products, majority of which are bananas and coconuts.
This pushes the frequency of trips of heavy cargo trucks and forwarders plying the area to and from shipping yards in Davao City and in Panabo City-- south of Davao Region.
"The newly widened bridge structure will provide safety and protection as they carry heavier load capacity for both north and south directions," DPWH said.
In officially opening the expanded bridge, the President is set to unveil a marker of the bridge and conduct an inaugural drive through with DPWH Sec Mark Villar.
He is set to deliver a speech in a program held at the center point of the Governor Miranda Bridge II attended by local chief executives of Davao del Norte led by Governor Anthony G Del Rosario. (Jeanevive D Abangan, PIA 11)