Motorists traveling between Mandaluyong and Manila will now have a faster ride, thanks to the reopening of a key bridge between the two cities.
The reconstructed four-lane Sevilla Bridge crossing San Juan River and connecting Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila is now fully open, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced.
Sevilla Bridge was partially opened to the motoring public last June 26 after completion of lanes going to Shaw Boulevard. The opposite lanes were completed a week after.
“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,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement.
The bridge was closed last March for reconstruction and to give way to construction of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project.
The bridge reconstruction project involved a 56.76-linear-meter single span with a total width of 19.40 meters, composed of a 7.65-meter carriageway and 1.5 meter sidewalk (northbound and southbound), and a 1.1-meter center island. The project was a partnership with San Miguel Corp.
Villar said the reconstruction of Sevilla Bridge will also ensure the smooth flow of water in the San Juan River area where the bridge stands, which will help to mitigate flooding especially during the rainy season.