DPWH Reopens Marcos Bridge in Marikina
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar led today, Thursday, October 31, the formal reopening of the Marcos Bridge in Marikina after undergoing major repair works.
Villar was joined in the event by DPWH NCR Director Ador Canlas, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, JH Pajara Construction President Jaime Pajara, and DPWH First Metro Manila District Engineer Medel Chua.
“As an integral access to Quezon City from the east of Rizal province, rehabilitation works on the bridge after its 40 years of service are necessary to ensure the safety and convenience of the public,” Villar said.
The DPWH hastened the major repairs being undertaken because of massive traffic congestion caused by the bridge’s closure.
The eastbound lane of the bridge was the first to be closed in May for the first phase of the rehabilitation while the westbound lane was closed in August to facilitate the second phase of the project.
“The rehabilitation was initially targeted to finish on April 2020 but considering the volume of motorists and commuters affected, the DPWH National Capital Region went 24/7 to finish the project as early as possible,” shared Villar.
Villar also added that the completion of the project is timely in the observance of the All Souls’ and Saints’ day where people are expected to flock cemeteries such as Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.
The PHP213.46 million project included the redecking of 315-lineal meter slab, strengthening of girders, and replacement of expansion joints, concrete sidewalks, railing and drain pipes.