Motorists can now travel back and forth between Mandaluyong and Manila with ease thanks to the reopening of a key bridge.

After being closed last March 2020, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has officially reopened the newly reconstructed Sevilla Bridge. With it, motorists who frequently travel along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila can now travel across with ease.

“Now that the new Sevilla Bridge is open to the traveling public, it should help decongest traffic in Metro Manila and benefit the daily motorists”,” said Mark Villar, DPWH Secretary.

The 4-lane bridge was partially opened to motorists last June 26, 2020. At the time, it was only accessible to motorists bound for Shaw Boulevard. Work on the other lane bound for P. Sanchez Street was finished a week after. Originally, the bridge had to be closed to give way for the construction of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project.

The rebuilding of the bridge was done in partnership with San Miguel Corporation (SMC). It involved the building of a 56.75 linear meter span with a total width of 19.40 meters. It also saw the construction of a 7.65-meter carriageway, 1.5-meter sidewalk, and a 1.1-meter center island.

Besides reconstructing the bridge itself, Villar said they also ensured that the flow of water along the San Juan River where the bridge stands were smooth. The result was better flood mitigation during the rainy season, says Villar.

With the Sevilla Bridge now fully opened, those looking to cut their travel time between Manila and Mandaluyong will now be able to do so.