As a vital route in and out of Rizal Province, rehabilitation works on the old substructure of the Barkadahan Bridge in Taytay, Rizal was recently completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Based on a report from DPWH Regional Office 4-A Director Samson L. Hebra, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that soon after its completion in December 2019, the 253-lineal meter old bridge was immediately opened to cater to motorists.
Just last 2017, DPWH opened two (2) additional lanes of the bridge to ease the traffic congestion along Manila East Road, Taytay Diversion Road, and East Bank Road.
“Aside from the fact that the old substructure is now 20 years old, its rehabilitation is much needed with the volume of vehicles, especially heavy trucks going to the eastern part of Metro Manila and Rizal, passing through everyday. With the newly rehabilitated substructure, travel along the entirety of Barkadahan Bridge is now guaranteed safer and smoother,” Secretary Villar added.
The 34-million rehabilitation project was funded under the 2019 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program and implemented by the DPWH Rizal I District Engineering Office (DEO).
The bridge serves an integral component of the alternative route 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.