The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the Ayala Bridge, which has been hit by delays, will be opened to the public and fully operational by June 11, 2015.

According to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, the agency delayed the opening due to ‘unforeseen underground utility cables’ and also for the careful implementation of new construction technology raising the bridge while making it earthquake-resistant.

Part of the construction involves strengthening of existing abutments and pier foundations and the construction of continuous slab design with additional 4” slab on the four-lane steel truss-type bridge deck.

Raising the bridge by 70 centimeters to give vessels navigating the Pasig River freeboard clearance is also a first in Philippine bridge construction.

As part of their service, the DPWH will reconstruct the existing bridge approaches, including the access road to Hospicio de San Jose, in order to align it with the new elevation of the Ayala Bridge.