ENDANGERED. A government inspection team led by District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia (left) examines the scoured ground underneath the Agas-agas Bridge on August 7, 2014.
ENDANGERED. A government inspection team led by District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia (left) examines the scoured ground underneath the Agas-agas Bridge on August 7, 2014.

MAASIN CITY — The Agas-agas Bridge, the country’s highest bridge situated on the Daang Maharlika in Sogod, Southern Leyte, is in critical condition.

The bridge is dubbed one of the engineering marvels in the Philippines.

In an inspection conducted on August 7, 2014 by a team headed by District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Southern Leyte Engineering District (SLED), it was found out that the 84-meter high and 350-meter long concrete bridge is exposed to risks because the ground where two piers of the bridge (Bridge Pier I and Bridge Pier II) are piled into was scoured by floods and the access road underneath the bridge had collapsed.

The landslide and the scoured areas are only about 10 meters away from the two piers. It was feared that continuous scouring of the soil seriously damage the foundation of the superstructure.

Further, the drainage canals and gabion flood controls were all washed away, reported Engr. Erlinda P. Cruz of the Maintenance Section and Engr. Vincent T. Sy III, chief of the Planning and Design Section, both members of the inspection team.

De Junia in consultation with DPWH Regional Director Rolando M. Asis has taken measures to facilitate  restoration and rehabilitation. The program of work and plan to protect the bridge from further damage were readied for submission to the central office, it was gathered.

This P1-billion viaduct was inaugurated on August 9, 2009. It was funded by the 25th Yen Loan Package of the Japan Bank of International Cooperation.