Sunday, October 24, 2010

Patapat Viaduct

@ mirandablue
Before leaving Pagudpud and going back to Laoag City, we drove to Patapat Viaduct, a 1.3-kilometer concrete coastal bridge at the foot of the cliff of the north Cordillera mountain range.  Driving through the winding mountain road without traffic was a delightful experience.  This viaduct rises 31 meters above sea level, offering scenic views of the lush Cordillera mountains and the enchanting Pasaleng Bay.  It connects Maharlika Highway from Laoag City to the Cagayan Valley region.

Maharlika Highway is a 2500-kilometer network of roads, bridges and ferry services that connects the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.  It starts in Laoag City and ends in Zamboanga City.

@ mirandablue
Before the viaduct was constructed [during the Marcos administration], landslides were a common occurrence in this area during rainy season making this stretch a dreaded one-way road. In the 1960's, a footbridge perched on the mountain slope was the only link between the provinces of Ilocos and Cagayan Valley.  The etched footbridge can still be seen at the upper part of the cliff.  

This was the farthest point of our Ilocos road trip---about 580 kilometers from Manila.

@ mirandablue



39 comments:

bertN said...

I am amazed at the progress in the Pagudpud area! I passed by this area in the late 60's on my way to Ballesteros when I was still working for the government - it was a nightmare of a trip best forgotten. The nightmare was not Pagudpud but how I made it to my destination in Ballesteros passed midnight under a heavy dowpour with an empty stomach.

Chuck Pefley said...

That roadway was quite and ambitious project. The steep hillside, curves and greenery at the water's edge remind me of the Oregon and California coast along the Pacific.

Ebie said...

Look at the curves and the steep hillside! OMG, was it a scary drive?

I see progress in our infrastructures. It is a beautiful bridge.

Evelyn said...

I can imagine that it would be very nice to drive there. Better still get someone else to drive... so that I can enjoy the view. :)

cieldequimper said...

Oh wow, now that is impressive, I would love this!

joo said...

It's really impressive road and challenging! I love your photos.
Have a great Sunday:)

Sidney said...

That is an impressive bridge... why is there no traffic?

Luna Miranda said...

@ Sidney, there were a few buses and cargo trucks. it was also a Sunday, probably the reason why traffic was almost non-existent.

Luna Miranda said...

@ bertN, now there are Jollibee and McDonalds along the hi-way.:p well, not in this part of Pagudpud but there are sari-sari stores along the way. i hate to travel with an empty stomach.:p

Leora said...

Those mountains are impressive. I assume they are difficult to climb. Quite a scene you present.

Halcyon said...

Very nice shots! I'm glad the road has those railings. I'd be nervous to drive there without them.

Cezar and Léia said...

What a wonderful landscape! :)
This viaduct is massive, I love all pictures but the last one is fabulous indeed!
Hugs
Léia

VioletSky said...

I love this bridge. and it looks safer than driving along the edge of the cliffs.

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful roadway bridge. I would love to drive along there. Beautiful views everywhere. MB

Woody said...

That's quite an engineering feat, this area has really come a long way from a footbridge!

Kate said...

The curve of the land and bridge is quite serpentine...nice.

Francisca said...

How superb, this coastal viaduct. I want to go on another road trip now!

dong ho said...

one of the best views one can get in ilocos. you can as well imagine how it survives the strong waves coming from the ocean.

docgelo said...

fantastic northern scenery there!
missing ilocos again... =)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Cagayan Valley is one of the places I would like to one day visit. For that matter, I would like to visit your part of the world again. Till then, I've been living vicariously through your photos. Thank you.

Please drop by my blog one day to pick up your "One Lovely Blog" award. :-)
Su-sieee! Mac
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Viola said...

Such a very beautiful landscape! An the mountains are very steep!! I hope you don't have stones falling down there!
Have a nice time! :)

Sylvia K said...

That is an impressive! Wow! I do love your photos! Looks like a fantastic place to drive and enjoy the view! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

magiceye said...

breathtaking views!

Kay L. Davies said...

It looks like a beautiful drive. Especially, as you mentioned, without traffic!!

Kay, Alberta

ladyfi said...

What a scenic road!

Marites said...

On a clear day, you can almost see Batanes and Taiwan from this bridge. Awesome, huh! One thing that Marcos did good in this part of the Philippines is the infrastructure. You'll really know that you're in the Ilocos region because of the infra and you'll know that you've gone out of its boundary when you start encountering macadam roads hehehe!

Amiko said...

I love your header picture...^^

indicaspecies said...

What a beautiful post!
I can imagine how delightful it must have been driving through the winding mountain roads.

Randi said...

Lovely scenery. I would love to drive this road.

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Siromade said...

I woudn't mind that kind of road trip, it looks fun and beautiful scenery. You did well capturing the winding road it's fantastic photo you got there.

eileeninmd said...

Very impressive viaduct. I would have fun driving on this road. The scenery is gorgeous too.

ilovepink1078 said...

Sis, I have not seen this yet in real. It interesting place to see and experience.

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Carolyn Ford said...

What a beautiful scenic road this is! Simply gorgeous!

carolsnotebook said...

Impressive - and such gorgeous views.

Wolynski said...

Wow, impressive and beautiful - big improvement on the footbridge.

Eden said...

Great views. Looks like you enjoyed your drive with the beautiful scenery around and no traffic at all.

zeal4adventure said...

I truly love this stretch of Pagudpud. It was so dramatic driving through this road. Love your photos. I didn't get any photos when I was there last year... for some reason. I think I was just too mesmerized. Great shots!!!

imriz said...

ang ganda nman,ilang beses ko ding binasa, sa Pilipinas nga:) sana lahat ng kakalsadahan d2 sa ating bansa ay ganito kaganda at sana'y ganito rin na walang trapiko:)