Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar on Friday, December 15, 2017 led the opening of the widened Barkadahan Bridge in Taytay, Rizal.
The 245-lineal meter bridge is seen to benefit thousands of motorists utilizing Laguna Lake Highway formerly known as C-6 Road as an alternative route to the congested EDSA and C-5 Road.
Villar said that the widening of Barkadahan Bridge complements to the improvement of Laguna Lake Highway which has become an alternative route of motorists specifically those going to the eastern part of Rizal, Marikina, Quezon City, and the western part of Metro Manila including South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
“The additional one (1) lane each in both the east and west direction can be used by motorists going to Taytay, Rizal area and South Luzon Expressway via Bicutan. Travel time from Barkadahan Bridge to Bicutan SLEX will be shortened from one (1) hour to only 30 minutes,” added Secretary Villar.
DPWH pushed for the completion of the bridge widening project this year after addressing right-of-way issues.
“With close coordination with the concerned stakeholders, we were able to relocate the affected informal settler families and now the general public can utilize a wider Barkadahan Bridge,” said Villar.
DPWH-NCR allocated a total of P114.35 million for the widening and improvement of Barkadahan Bridge which is a combined prestressed concrete girder and concrete flat slab bridge with 11 spans, 3.25 lineal meter east bank approach and 7.8 lineal meter west bank approach.