Repair of damaged SCTEX portion to take weeks

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MANILA, 21Aug2013 (PNA) – Repairs on the damaged portion of Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) will take weeks before it can be completed.

The road was damaged Tuesday afternoon amid heavy rain and floods.

SCTEX project manager Joshua Bingcang said they are waiting for the weather to improve before they can fully assess the damage to the structure.

“We would prefer the repairs take just a few weeks,” Bingcang said in a radio interview.

“We want the weather to improve first before we can fully assess the damage,” he added.

On Tuesday afternoon, the approach to a bridge spanning the SCTEX collapsed, prompting authorities to close the affected part to traffic.

Bingcang said a part of the bridge got saturated and eroded.

He added that the bridge’s structural integrity did not appear to be compromised but said they may conduct a structural review.

Vehicles heading for Subic may have to take alternate routes. However, he said those going to Baguio should not expect problems. (PNA)

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