After five months of repair works by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Marcos Bridge along Marcos Highway in Marikina City is again fully-accessible to vehicles.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar led on Thursday, October 31, 2019 the formal re-opening of both the eastbound and westbound side of newly strengthened Marcos Bridge which will benefit motorists and commuters from the eastern Metropolitan areas as they can now traverse the bridge without having to worry about its structural integrity.
Secretary Villar was joined in the event by DPWH NCR Director Ador Canlas, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, JH Pajara Construction President Jaime H. 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,” Secretary Villar said.
Due to the massive traffic congestion the construction caused, major repairs of the bridge were hastened.
Just this August, the second phase of the project have made the westbound lanes closed to traffic while the first phase, likewise, have made the eastbound lanes, closed to traffic last May 25.
“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,” Villar said.
The Secretary 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 P213.46 million project included redecking of 315-l.m. slab, strengthening of girders, and replacement of expansion joints, concrete sidewalks, railing and drain pipes.