Jordan is located on the western part of Guimaras with 12,611 hectares land area. A Third Class Municipality composed of 14 Barangays with a total population of 34,791 as of May 1, 2012. Jordan is the nearest point of access from Iloilo City allowing the Municipality better trade opportunities and development stimuli than other municipalities. This may be the reason why Jordan is also regarded as the commercial center of the island and makes road safety an important issue for tourism authorities.
The Nabagatnan Bridge is located at Sitio Nabagatnan, Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras. Prior to the repair and rehabilitation of the Nabagatnan Bridge, a number of commuters and residents are complaining about their safety every time they pass by the area. The bridge also serves as passageway for elementary students of Jordan Central School in going to and from school and thus jeopardizing their safety if such bridge is still in a dilapidated state. Other than structural deterioration, the bridge also lacks guardrails that will keep commuters from falling out of the bridge.
Over the service life of a bridge, its constituent materials are continually subjected to fatigue and wear-tear due to dynamic vehicular loads. Overloading due to increase in wheel loads and regular exposure to aggressive external environment may aggravate the situation further. Defects in the constituent materials may be manifested in the form of cracking, spalling of concrete, excessive deflection of structure, corrosion of steel components, etc. It is evident that rehabilitation of bridges involves addressing a myriad of problems and no single technique could offer a complete solution.
This Performance Challenge Fund (PCF)-Supported Project started on September 18, 2012 after all the materials needed in the construction were delivered. Concrete removal techniques were used in the removal of the existing concrete from the bridge; widening of the bridge approach; installing a new line of concrete beams; placing a new concrete bridge deck with concrete guardrails and bridge approach.
The rehabilitation and construction of the Bridge including its accessories and concrete road overlay/rehabilitation was completed last February 2013. The beneficiaries of this project were 76 households (residents and commuters) and 25 skilled and semi-skilled workers who were hired during the construction period.
“The new bridge is beneficial to all residents including myself for I no longer be in harms way everytime I pass through the bridge because it is now safe and secure to pass by most especially during the night.” Boy Dalida, a resident said. (LGOO II Charmine T. Galvez, DILG6)