Bridges it was created for the convenience of

Bridges are
immensely important. Just like the Assumption bridge, which is known as the new
bridge near the Lipatan. It was made
for transportation and to allow safe passage where it was previously not
possible. Furthermore, it was created for the convenience of the commuters for
this will allow them to easily reach their destination, just like going to
school, seek medical help and go to work without having to negotiate in a busy road.
Also, the bridge connects the areas of both land and water so that vehicles and
people can cross and perform their daily duties. The Lipatan bridge does not only connect the two barangays, but it also
indicates the border line of the 2 villages.

The Lipatan bridge, providing for both
pedestrians, cyclists and cars, gives a faster way for people who are in a
rush, or just looking for a faster and efficient travel. Due to these
advantages, the Lipatan bridge has
been a traffic-prone area. The probable realities in which has caused the
construction of another bridge, beside the old Lipatan, a new bridge. It was called the Assumption bridge.
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the new bridge
is finished in construction. Even so, it is still unusable to date. This is
because of the given reason that cause the delay of usage of the said bridge. To
know more about the given case, the researchers are to truly understand the
cause and present the data to research, comprehend and recognize for the
benefit of the people who use the bridge.

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The
Foreshore Freeway Bridge, known as Cape Town’s Unfinished Bridge, an incomplete
section of Eastern Boulevard Highway in the city bowl of Cape Town, South
Africa. Conceive and designed in the late 1960’s, work began in 1970’s with the
freeway aimed to improve future traffic congestion in the city expected in the
years to come. However, due to budget limitation in city expenditure at the
time, the project was never completed and has stood in its unfinished state
since construction officially ended in 1977. While there has been much
speculation in local press over the years regarding the freeway’s conclusion,
the city council has yet to come to a decision regarding the matter. The
structure has become somewhat of a tourist attraction over the years and is
also a popular movie and fashion shoot location (Williams, 2017).

On the
other hand, Magueragday bridge is like
the Assumption bridge which are delayed in completion. Everyday many people
cross these bridges. The 84-meter Magueragday
bridge connects Dagupan City and San Fabian town along the Pangasinan-La Union Road, had become uncertain after it was
abandoned by its contractors. It was demolished but there was no complete fund
for its construction. The funding should have been secured before construction
began. It has an allocation of P45 million when it started construction in
February 2014, but it is only for the first phase of the project.

Additionally,
the Sinucalan bridge, which was
demolished in 2013, is delayed because there was a change in the design of the
bridge. Like the Assumption bridge, there are technical problems on why these
bridges are not yet finished and functional. When the projects start, the
problems will pop up. Before these problems happen, the engineers and
architects need to plan all the possible problems and work a solution to finish
the project on time.

Furthermore,
in the early federal suitcases in the United States, the country condemned
properties for the construction of public buildings, aqueducts to supply
drinking water to cities (United States v. Green Falls Manufacturing Company,
112 U.S. 645, 1884), and obtaining land in the north of St. Mary’s Falls canal
in Michigan for the production of war materials (Sharp v. United States, 191
U.S. 341, 1903). The United States Congress desired to preserve and obtain the
site of the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania but the Gettysburg Electric
Railroad Company that possessed some of the property in question contested this
action. Ultimately, the Court pronounced that the federal government has the
authority to condemn property. (United States v. Gettysburg Electric Ry., 160
U.S. 668,679, 1896). The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
states that no private property shall be taken for public use, without such
compensation and it was put into good use of the condemnation cases like that
against the Gettysburg Railroad Company.

Based on
the official website of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the
construction of Assumption Bridge connecting Barangay San Jose and Del Pilar,
City of San Fernando, Pampanga started last April 8, 2015 with an original date
of completion of July 10, 2016, yet the actual date of completion has a year
and a half delay which is March 25, 2017. The DPWH updated the status of it to
100% complete even though it is not yet fully functional because of the house
that is still established, until present, at the other end of the bridge.
According to Article III, Section 9 of the Philippine Constitution (1987), a
property of an individual cannot be taken for the use of the public if there
are no sufficient recompense. That’s why the government can obtain the desired
real property as right-of-way, site, or location for any national government
infrastructure project through donation, negotiated sale, expropriation or any
other method of attainment as delivered by law (Republic Act No. 8974, Section
3).

Every
day, many people cross the Lipatan
bridge. Students, teachers, cars and other people cross it to save time rather
than looking for another route. Because of this, the bridge has become
congested in traffic because of people wanting to use the bridge instead of
using another route. Mugoro (2014) point out that transportation problems have
significant effects on students’ school attendance such missing their first
periods in the morning. The outcome of this is nonetheless an action of the
government, a project. The project was to create a bridge beside the old one
rather than renovating it. This may be because building a new bridge is cheaper
than renovating an old one. As the new bridge was underway, a technical
difficulty was encountered. Since then, the new bridge remained unserviceable
even to date. The current state of the new bridge is already 100% finished but is
still not usable due to an obstruction on the other end. For the clarification
of all, this paper is to find out this main problem in which has caused the
bridge to be out of service and why this problem still hasn’t been resolved to
date. The fundamental reason as to why the Assumption bridge is still unusable.
To understand the main fault and clarify the sources of the said fault in order
to formulate a possible solution.

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