vExciting news for residents of Marikina City: Three new bridges across the Marikina River are being planned.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan application for the construction of the said bridges. The three projects are estimated to cost more than P9 billion in total.
Where the bridges will be located?
Two of the bridges will be located in Marikina City, namely: the J.P. Rizal–Lopez Jaena Bridge and the Marcos Highway–St. Mary Bridge (formerly J.P. Rizal–St. Mary Bridge). The third, the Kabayani–Katipunan Avenue Extension Bridge (Marikina–Vista Real Bridge), will connect Marikina City and Quezon City.
The J.P. Rizal–Lopez Jaena Bridge will span 687 meters with a 460-meter main bridge, and will cost P1.61 billion. Meanwhile, the Marcos Highway–St. Mary Bridge will have a total length of 1,477 meters with a 330-meter main bridge, and will cost P5.74 billion. The Kabayani–Katipunan Avenue Extension Bridge will be 940m long with a 485m main bridge, and will cost P1.81 billion.
The DPWH said in its announcement that its Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Bridge Management Cluster and consulting firm Dasan JV are currently working on the detailed engineering designs (DEDs) of the three structures. The agency also said that the projects are fully supported by the local government units in these areas.
There’s still a long way to go before we see these bridges materialize, but these are definitely developments to look forward to. What do you think, Marikeños?