It’s now easier to travel between the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija thanks to the reopening of the Labi Bridge along the Nueva Ecija - Aurora Road. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently completed its reconstruction.
Labi Bridge was heavily damaged by several typhoons back in 2015. The DPWH had to replace the bridge in order to make it safer for motorists.
“Perennial flooding during typhoon season has severely affected the structural integrity of the old Labi Bridge, especially with the damage caused by Typhoons Kabayan, Lando, and Nona in 2015 that’s why we had to replace it,” said Secretary Mark Villar.
Built with a budget of Php 163 million sourced from the General Appropriations Act, DPWH undertook the construction of the new 222.43-meter bridge project, along with 143-meter and 124-meter approaches on either side.
However, during the reconstruction of the said bridge, the waterway underneath was disturbed. With it, dredging works were also used to restore the waterway to its original depth and to prevent frequent flooding.
With the opening of the newly-replaced Labi Bridge, Villar is hoping that it will not only provide faster transportation of goods, services and aid, but that it will also help the emerging economic activity in both Aurora and Nueva Ecija.