Bridges may not be at the top of your agenda when travelling to Bohol, but it’s easy to appreciate the newly opened Clarin Bridge in Loay. The picturesque two-way bridge crosses the famous Loboc River, connecting the towns of Loay and Loboc and offering tourists easier access to attractions like the Bilar Man-Made Forest and the Tarsier Conservation Area. Another sign to visit Bohol? (Not that we ever need an excuse!)
Clarin Bridge fully opened to traffic on Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022.
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Paving the way for safer travels
Clarin Bridge spans 104 metres and features two graceful arches and criss-cross hangers that make it an eye-catching landmark on the road. Notable features also include metal guardrails and sidewalks on either side, making it safe and accessible for motorists and pedestrians.
This “superstructure” project is a ₱501.87 billion initiative built in partnership with the Japanese government. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expects the bridge to play a vital role in boosting the local economy, transporting goods, and giving travellers easier (and safer) access to tourist spots while exploring Bohol.
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In with the new, out with the old
The new Clarin Bridge in Bohol replaces the decades-old structure that collapsed in April. Built in the 1970s, the old bridge was also heavily damaged during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated Bohol in 2013.
Interesting fact: this is one of the few Nielsen arch bridges in the Philippines! Another is Bamban Bridge in Tarlac, a picturesque structure built in the 1990s as part of the rehabilitation efforts following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
All images credited to Department of Public Works and Highways | Official Facebook Page