The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the Ayala Bridge will open as scheduled and will be fully accessible come Thursday, June 11 2015.

“We will open the bridge on Thursday as scheduled,” DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said.

Initially slated to open on April 20 after being closed off to traffic on March 21, the construction crew encountered challenges including ‘unforeseen underground utility cables’ while also implementing new construction technology in an effort to raise the bridge while making it earthquake-resistant.

Taking into account public safety, the agency postponed the opening to June 11.

After an extra 51 days, the DPWH and its contractors have managed to raise the bridge by 70 centimeters to allow water vessels to safely pass underneath it while also raising its approaches on either side.

The Ayala Bridge is the first-ever to be raised in the country using the latest in construction technology and the overall rehabilitation cost is Php 448 million.