15 road sections in Bicol, E. Visayas, Calabarzon, Cordillera impassable due to ‘Nina’

Typhoon Nina has rendered 15 road sections in the Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon and Cordillera regions impassable, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Monday.

An executive summary released by the department said eight road sections in Bicol and Eastern Visayas have been closed to traffic due to an ongoing slope protection project, possible recurrence of landslides, and fallen trees and utility posts.

It added that six road sections affected by previous typhoons and continuous monsoon rains are still closed to traffic -- four in the Cordillera region due to rock collapse, washed out embankment at abutments and slides, and two in the Calabarzon region due to landslide and rockfall, collapsed slope protection and vertical settlement of road and collapsed bridge.

According to the report, one road section in Eastern Visayas is hardly passable due to major road slip, and an alternative route has been provided for heavy vehicles.

The affected road sections are the Rizal Ave. extension in Eastern Viasayas; and the Abra-Cervantes Road, Baay Bridge and Manicbel Bridge; Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road (Aparan Section); Tabuk-Banaue Road (Lubo Section); Upper Kalinga, Lubuagan-Batong Buhay Road (Balatoc Section) and (Balatoc to Batong Buhay Section) in the Cordillera region.

In the Calabarzon region, clearing operations are being conducted along the Marikina-Infanta Road in Infanta, Quezon as well as the Querocep Bridge; and the Diokno Highway in Kalaka, Batangas.

In the Bicol region, clearing operations are ongoing due to fallen trees along Camarines Sur's Daang Maharlika Highway, Naga City/Milaor Bdry. Road; Tigaon-Goa-Lagonoy-Caramoan Road, Pili-Tigaon-Albay Bdry. Road; and Daang Maharlika Highway in Sta. Teresita, Baao; as well as the Catanduanes Circumferential Road (intermittent section), Jct. Bato-Baras Road, Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road, and Jct. Catanduanes Cir Road-Panganiban-Sabloyon Road.

In Eastern Visayas, the Wright-Taft-Borongan Road, Brgy. Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar is only passable to light vehicles. Heavy vehicles have been advised to take the San Juanico-Basey-Marabout Road as an alternative route.

Source: Philippines News Agency