Crossing Marikina River may soon be faster and easier for Marikenos and to anyone visiting the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. To provide motorists with more ways of getting from one side to another, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) along with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a loan application for three bridge projects.
Under the MoU, the scheduled timeline for engineering works, loan processing, and procurement, as well as the ADB financing program for the three bridges are listed. Also included is the National Economic and Development Authority's Investment Coordination Committee's (NEDA-ICC) review and approval of the projects.
According to Villar, the DPWH is already making preparations and is also working on the engineering design of the infrastructure projects. In addition, the DPWH is coordinating with the local government units of Marikina and Quezon City in order to confirm the alignment of the bridge projects.
The upcoming bridges are the J.P. Rizal – Lopez Jaena Bridge; Marcos Highway – St. Mary Bridge (formerly J.P. Rizal – St. Mary Bridge); and the Kabayani-Katipunan Avenue Extension bridge that will link Marikina with Quezon City.
The proposed J.P. Rizal – Lopez Jaena bridge will have a steel arch construction. It will have a total length of 687 meters and the main bridge will span 460 meters. It is estimated to cost PHP 1.61 billion to build.
Next is the most expensive of the three, the Marcos Highway – Mary Bridge. It is estimated to measure 1,444 meters and will have a 330-meter main bridge that will connect J.P. Rizal Street and A. Bonifacio Avenue. A budget of PHP 5.74 billion will be needed to construct the pre-stressed concrete bridge.
Last but not least is the Kabayani-Katipunan Avenue Extension Bridge that will cost PHP 1.81 billion. It too will be a pre-stressed concrete bridge that will measure 940 meters in total and will have a 485-meter main bridge.
With more bridges set to go up along the Marikina River, motorists will soon have more routes to go to when going in or out of Marikina. The only question now is when will construction of the bridges commence?