TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Aug. 16 (PIA) - While the P5.5-billion bridge and road project crossing the Cagayan River from Tuguegarao City to Solana town is seen to address traffic problems in the city, it will also serve as an identity of the Itawit and Ibanag ethnic group after City Mayor Jefferson Soriano initiated to name it as Ibanag-Itawit bridge.
Soriano said a resolution is being finalized for submission to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar. A similar resolution is also being prepared by the Local Government Unit of Solana.
When finished, the bridge will promote the two most populated ethnic groups here, the Ibanags of Tuguegarao and the Itawits at the southern part.
Early last year, former Third District Representative Randolph S. Ting assured the public that he will work harder to ensure the appropriation of funds needed for the full implementation of the project.
The project is expected to be completed in 2022 and once completed, it is expected to help ease the heavy traffic flow in the 50-year old Buntun Bridge here, Ting earlier said.
The bridge will also provide better access in transporting the goods and services from and to the the city and its neighboring towns and provinces.
At present, Buntun bridge, the second longest bridge in the country, is the only way that connects the province's southern and western areas. (MDCT/GVB/PIA 2-Cagayan)