The construction of the Muelle Loney (Drilon) Bridge along Iloilo City-Lapuz Road over Iloilo River is now nearing completion with the present accomplishment of 94.68 percent.
Progress of work was witnessed by President Benigno S. Aquino III during his visit at Iloilo for the unveiling of markers of the President Corazon C. Aquino Avenue and Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue last June 2015.
The project, in the amount of P153.52 Million, is implemented in two phases, under the supervision of the DPWH, Regional Office 6.
Phase 1, with the cost of P73.45 Million funded under the FY 2014 and FY 2015 DPWH Budget, was completed in April, this year.
It involved the construction of 125-lineal meter bridge including the construction of the substructure (bored piles), coping, pre-stressed concrete girders and concreting of the first two spans deck slab.
Phase 2, or the completion stage of the project in the amount of P80.07 Million from FY 2015 DPWH Budget, involves concreting of deck slab of the remaining three spans, construction of sidewalk, baluster and steel-type railings, plant box and lightings.
Also included in phase 2 are the construction of approach slabs and access road leading to the new ferry terminal in Lapuz.
Also part of second phase is the on-going construction of promenade within the proximity of the bridge.
Once completed, the project will provide additional access to the new Iloilo Ferry Terminal, making it more accessible to its users.
It will also help decongest traffic along the North Marginal Wharf Road, the only access road to the ferry terminal at present.