MANILA Marcos Bridge in Marikina City was reopened Thursday after it was partially closed several months for rehabilitation.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Marcy Teodoro and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar led the reopening of the 40-year-old bridge.
The reopening of the bridge is six months ahead of its target date of completion in April 2020, and just in time for the expected influx of vehicles on Marcos Highway for this year's observance of Undas.
Villar led the formal re-opening of both the eastbound and westbound side of Marcos Bridge after being closed to motorists for a five-month repair.
Teodoro said Villar made good on his word after the city government asked the DPWH if it would be possible to complete the bridge's repair before Undas.
He said they expect over 200,000 vehicles to enter the city during the observance of Undas, noting the bridge is a great help to ease vehicular traffic in the area.
Villar and Teodoro were joined in the event by DPWH NCR Director Ador Canlas, JH Pajara Construction President Jaime H. Pajara, and DPWH First Metro Manila District Engineer Medel Chua.
As integral access to Quezon City from the east of Rizal province, rehabilitation works on the bridge after its 40 years of service are necessary to ensure the safety and convenience of the public, Villar said.
Due to the heavy congestion of traffic caused by the bridge's closure, Villar said major repairs of the bridge were hastened.
The rehabilitation was initially targeted to finish on April 2020 but considering the volume of motorists and commuters affected, the DPWH National Capital Region went 24/7 to finish the project as early as possible, Villar said.
The PHP213.46-million project included the strengthening of girders and replacement of expansion joints, concrete sidewalks, railing and drain pipes.
Teodoro thanked the DPWH not only for the rehabilitation of Marcos Bridge but also for the flood control projects of DPWH in the city. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency