Otis Bridge Opened in Time for Christmas Rush
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reopened the Otis Bridge in Manila, three months ahead of schedule as promised by department Secretary Mark A. Villar in August. The original schedule given by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the bridge’s completion was nine months, or March 2019.
“We are glad that we were able to finish the replacement of Otis Bridge within five months and ahead of schedule,” said Villar during the bridge’s reopening ceremony yesterday, December 4. “This will be another Christmas gift to our motorists, specifically in this area of Manila.”
According to Villar, the newly-reconstructed Otis Bridge has been widened from four lanes to six lanes and now has a maximum allowable weight of 20 tons--up by five tons from the original bridge–to accommodate more motorists in the area.
With its completion, the 23-linear meter Otis Bridge with 172-linear meter approach road on both side will ease traffic congestion in Osmeña Highway, Quirino Avenue, and United Nations Avenue. It will also serve as a link of vehicles traversing South Manila to North Manila as well as the cities of Quezon, Caloocan and Mandaluyong.
The Otis Bridge Reconstruction Project costing P33.58 million was implemented by DPWH South Manila District Engineering Office (SMDEO) and DPWH National Capital Region under the supervision of DPWH-NCR Director Melvin B. Navarro.