Motorists that frequently travel along Barkadahan Bridge rejoice as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have officially finished improving the 20-year old bridge. With it, not only is the bridge wider (made to have two-lanes back in 2017), the DPWH claims that the bridge’s old substructure is now sturdier than ever.
According to a report by DPWH Regional Office 4-A Director Samson L. Hebra, soon after rehabilitation works were completed last December 2019, the 253-linear meter bridge was immediately opened to the public. In fact, before its actual opening, we reported that one lane of the bridge was already passable to motorists last month.
With its opening, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar stated that traveling along the entirety of Barkadahan Bridge is now guaranteed safer and smoother. “Aside from the fact that the old substructure is now 20 years old, its rehabilitation is much needed with the volume of vehicles, especially heavy trucks going to the eastern part of Metro Manila and Rizal, passing through everyday,” said Villar.
The recently-rehabilitated bridge was funded with a budget of PhP 34 million under the 2019 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program. It was then implemented by the DPWH Rizal 1 District Engineering Office (DEO).
Motorists living east of Metro Manila frequently use the Barkadahan Bridge in order to travel to Taguig City, as well as SLEX. In addition, the bridge serves as an integral component of the alternative route going to the eastern part of Rizal, Markina, and Quezon City.