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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 28 (PIA)  --  Preparations on the detailed engineering design is now on-going for the Php1.45 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Southern Leyte next year.

The Department of Public Works and Highways-Southern Leyte Engineering District (DPWH-SLED) office has started the activity and will be completed on November in time for the kick-off bidding process for the 2016 projects.

DPWH-SLED Chief of Planning Section Engr. Vincent Sy III said that the design takes into account the defects of infrastructure, traffic volume and results of the 2014 road and bridges inventory.

He added that the engineering department is looking at various considerations in coming up with designs that will be the blueprint in the implementation of identified projects.

Detailed engineering activities covered the setting of design standards, conduct of field surveys and investigations, preparation of design plans and design report, preparation of contract plans and the determination of contract packages.

Technical specifications, quantity estimates, cost estimates and the approved budget for the contract are also included in the preparation, Sy added.

Under the proposed 2016 Infrastructure projects based on the National Expenditure Program, the district office is tasked to implement Php1.45 billion of projects, it was learned.

The said projects include Php160.6 million rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of national highways; Php209.21 million improvements and widening of national roads, construction of missing gaps, off-carriageway improvement; and the P596.97 million for the construction and maintenance of bridges along national highways.

Also listed are P27.19 million for the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation structures and drainage systems, P320 million for improvement of access road leading to tourist destinations and another P90 million for the construction and repair of various infra including local projects. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)