|Jones Bridge (I)|
Jones Bridge (I) over the Pasig River, Manila, Philippines, c1930s
|Carries||Vehicular, streetcar and pedestrian traffic|
|Designer||Juan M. Arellano|
|Design||Neoclassical arch bridge|
|Number of spans||3|
|Piers in water||5|
|Constructed by||American colonial government in the Philippines|
|Preceded by||Santa Cruz Bridge (now McArthur Bridge)|
|Replaces||Puente de España|
|Jones Bridge (II)|
The present Jones Bridge in 2008
|Carries||Vehicular and pedestrian traffic|
|Number of spans||3|
|Piers in water||2|
|Constructed by||U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and Philippine Bureau of Public Works|
|Preceded by||MacArthur Bridge|
|Followed by||Del Pan Bridge (renamed as Roxas Bridge)|
|Replaces||Jones Bridge (I)|
|Coordinates||same as Jones Bridge (I)|
Jones Bridge is a bridge that spans the Pasig River in the Philippines connecting the Manila area of Binondo on Rosario Street (Calle Rosario, now Quintin Paredes Street), with the center of city in Ermita. The previous bridge that connected the two areas was the Puente Grande (Great Bridge), later called the Puente de España (Bridge of Spain) located one block upriver on Nueva Street (Calle Nueva, now E. T. Yuchengco Street). That span was considered as the oldest established in the Philippines.
Jones Bridge I
After the floods of September 1914 damaged Puente de España, construction of a replacement bridge was started in 1916 by the American Colonial government, one block downriver from the original location. It was named Jones Bridge after former Virginia Rep. William Atkinson Jones, who was the principal author of the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916. The Neoclassical design by Juan M. Arellano was an ornate concrete arch bridge. The entrances to the bridge were bordered by pillars topped with a series of statues called La Madre Filipina.. The bridge was destroyed by the bombs of World War II.
Jones Bridge II
After the war, the bridge was reconstructed by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and then Philippine Bureau of Public Works under the Philippine Rehabilitation Act of 1945. Carrying the name of the bridge, the new span was a simple bridge with metal pole railings, bare in design. The war also lost one of the four La Madre Filipina statues; the surviving monuments were moved to other locations in Manila. Two of them now stand near the steps of the Court of Appeals Building while one was moved to Rizal Park.
Jones Bridge is one of the busiest bridges in the country. Some recent improvements on the current bridge were the addition of street lamps and replacing the old pole railings with stone railings reminiscent of the first Jones Bridge.
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