P 300m ‘Fifth Bridge’ opens, eases traffic

CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor City Constantino Jaraula yesterday officially opened the P300m Tibasak-Carmen Bridge, also known as the “Fifth Bridge,” for commuters and pedestrians. During the cutting of ribbon ceremony, Jaraula credited the construction of the new bridge to his predecessor, now incumbent Vice Mayour Vicente Emano.

The “Fifth Bridge,”a four-lane bridge, has a rotunda at its foot in Tibasak where switches of roads lead to different directions in the city. In the Carmen side, the bridge had its entrance at the West City Central School leading toward Lumbia Airport. “I am happy that the new bridge is now open to public. This makes the differencebetween locally funded projects than those funds coming from the national government,” Jaraula said.

Jaraula cited the Kauswagan-Puntod Bridge which until now had not been completed. “The Kauswagan-Puntod Bridge is a nationally funded project which started in 1999 but could not be finished until today,” Jaraula said.

For his part, Emano said he asked Malacanang to release the promised funds for the completion of the Kauswagan-Puntod Bridge. The UKC Builders contstructed the “Fifth Bridge” a year ago. It was supposed to be opened in a year’s time had it not for some hitches in the area.

He said another bridge connecting Carmen to JR Borja is also under construction. Fund expressed confidence that the Jaraula administration will definitely work for the completion of the Carmen-JR Borja Bridge. “But, this will entail a lot of expenses because a number of houses and families are going to be relocatedthere,” Emano said.

The opening of the new bridge is expected to ease traffic congestion along Capistrano and Gaerlan Streets leading toward the Ysalina bridge on peak hours. The Ysalina bridge near the City Hall building is the oldest bridge in town which connects Carmen on the west to the city’s downtown are in the east.

Until the opening of the “Fifth Bridge,” the Ysalina Brdige had to carry load of over 20,000 vehicles daily, mostly passenger jeeps plying the Bulua, Patag, Carmen and Cogon routes. The other existing bridges in the city are Ysalina Bridge, Pelaez Bridge, Kauswagan-Puntod Brdige (incomplete), Carmen-JR Borja Bridge (incomplete) and the newly completed “Fifth Bridge” that connects Tibasak to Carmen. Gold Star Daily by: Cris Diaz (Business Editor)