The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has a list of bridges in critical condition that includes the Guadalupe, Lambingan and Ayala Bridge.
Now that the latter is close to completion and is scheduled for re-opening on June 11, the DPWH has now focused their attention and planning for repairs on Guadalupe Bridge on EDSA and Lambingan Bridge in Sta. Ana.
“We have a long list of critical bridges nationwide. The first bridge that needed to be rehabilitated was the Ayala Bridge. The next two bridges that we would be looking at would be Guadalupe and Lambingan bridges,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.
There is no set timetable yet but as the Guadalupe Bridge is a major part of EDSA, the DPWH has disclosed that the rehab will be done in phases beginning with the outer part of the bridge to prevent the full closure of Guadalupe Bridge.
“Obviously, we cannot close Guadalupe Bridge because of EDSA. That is why there has to be sequencing. We are looking at a scheme wherein we will do the outer bridge,” added Singson.
The estimated cost of the repair of both Guadalupe and Lambingan Bridge is Php 4 billion.
In line with reports that the West and East Valley faults are ripe for movement, the DPWH also plans to make these bridges earthquake-ready and has been offered by the Japanese government assistance in the rehabilitation.