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Tallest bridge in the Philippines

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The tallest bridge in the Philippines is an 89-meter-high bridge located in barangay Kahupian in the town of Sogod, Southern Leyte. The 350-meter-long bridge called Agas-Agas Bridge was constructed at a cost of more than PhP1 billion and inaugurated on August 9, 2009.

It is a part of the Daang Maharlika Highway and was built to serve as a permanent solution to the natural movements of loose soil aggregates, or landslides, in the mountainous area during rainy days reportedly due to a fault line that hinder traffic when the highway is blocked.

"Considered an engineering masterpiece, the Agas-Agas Bridge would provide a safe connection from the Daang Maharlika to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, like the ones existing in Matnog, Sorsogon, Allen, Samar, and the Liloan Ferry Terminal, in Southern Leyte connecting all the way to Surigao," the Office of the Press Secretary said.

It was built starting 2006 by the Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd., with loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the second phase of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway Rehabilitation Project.

Agas-Agas Bridge is also promoted as a site for semi-bungee jumping, zip line rapelling and downhill skate boarding.  The bridge has view deck, parking area, rest house, bridge bituminous concrete surface course and bridge electrical provision.

"Because it is considered as one of the engineering feats in the country, the Agas-Agas Bridge has the potential to become one of the tourist spots in Eastern Visayas," the government said.

Sources: ABS-CBNNews; Manila Standard Today

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