San Juanico Bridge
|San Juanico Bridge|
The San Juanico Bridge, view from Samar, towards Leyte
|Other name(s)||Marcos Bridge|
|Carries||2 lanes of vehicular traffic; pedestrian sidewalks|
|Crosses||San Juanico Strait|
|Locale||Santa Rita, Samar
and Tacloban, Leyte
|Maintained by||Department of Public Works and Highways|
|Design||Arch-shaped truss bridge|
|Total length||2,200 m (7,200 ft)|
|Height||41 m (135 ft)|
|Longest span||137 m (449 ft)|
|Constructed by||Philippine National Construction Corporation|
|Construction cost||US$ 21.9 million|
San Juanico Bridge is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway and stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait in the Philippines. Its longest length is a steel girder viaduct built on reinforced concrete piers, and its main span is of an arch-shaped truss design. With a total length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi), it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater.
The bridge was heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 but repaired.
President Ferdinand Marcos' project of the 21.9 million-dollar bridge was contracted to the Construction and Development Corporation of the Philippines (now the Philippine National Construction Corporation), which together with Japanese engineers conducted studies and designed the actual project. Construction commenced in 1969 over San Juanico Strait from Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar, with completion in 1973.
Connecting Tacloban City on the Leyte side and Santa Rita town on the Samar side, the bridge offers many picturesque views, especially of the San Juanico Strait with its thousand whirlpools as well as the islets of the province. It is approximately 10 minutes from downtown Tacloban City and is accessible by passenger jeepney, bus, motorcab or private vehicle. The bridge has 43 spans and medium size boats can pass beneath its large main arch the top of which rises 41 meters above the sea.
- San Juanico Bridge, the country's longest Cebu Network.com. Retrieved on 13 October 2013
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