Over one billion pesos will be allocated for the rehabilitation and, in some cases, replacement of bridges around Metro Manila. This was announced by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as part of a major overhaul of structures to make them more resilient to earthquakes.
Thirty-six bridges in ten cities will undergo major restructuring, said DPWH National Capital Region Director Melvin Navarro. Another twelve will undergo lighter rehabilitation and widening in an effort to improve travel times, as well as make for safer passage on the bridges.
“Among the priority projects in NCR, we focus on the implementation of repair and replacement of bridges that need seismic upgrade. That’s why we have allocated P726.782 million to retrofit a total of 26 bridges, P323.753 million to rehabilitate 9 bridges, and P25 million to replace 1 bridge under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA),” said Navarro.
Listed below are the bridges for strengthening:
Alabang-Bayanan, Cupang, Insular Bilibid Prison, and Lower Buli Bridges in Muntinlupa City; C.P. Garcia and Pasig Boulevard Bridges in Pasig City; Quezon Bridge in Taguig City; Pasong Tamo Bridge in Makati City; Canumay, Polo, Malinta Interchange and Torres Bridges in Valenzuela City; and the Algeciras, Antipolo, McArthur, Muelle dela Industria Bridges, and Nagtahan Link Bridge 1 in Manila City.
Culiat Bridge 1 and 2 (Northbound and southbound) and Lagarian Bridge 1 in Quezon City; Cut-Cut Bridge (Northbound), Cementina. Malibay Bridge 1 and 2 (Northbound and southbound), and Tramo Bridge in Pasay City; and the Marcos Alvarez Bridge 1 in Las Piñas City will likewise be retrofitted.
The following bridges will undergo major rehabilitation:
Barangca Viaduct (Flyover), Marcos, Marikina, and Nangka Bridges in Marikina City; Buting Bridge and C5/Ortigas Interchange in Pasig City; and Delpan, Mabini Bridges and Nagtahan Flyover in Manila City.
The Tripa de Gallina Bridge in Pasay City will be totally replaced due to its rapidly deteriorating condition, according to director Navarro.