Marcelo Fernan Bridge
|Marcelo Fernan Bridge|
Marcelo Fernan Bridge, as seen from Mactan.
|Carries||4 lanes of vehicular traffic; pedestrian sidewalks|
|Maintained by||Department of Public Works and Highways|
|Total length||1237 meters (4058 feet)|
|Longest span||185 meters (607 feet)|
|Construction start||In 1998|
|Construction end||in 1999|
Marcelo Fernan Bridge is an extradosed cable-stayed bridge located in Metro Cebu in the Philippines. It spans across Mactan Channel connecting Mandaue City to Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan Island. Before it was named the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, it was called the Consolacion Bridge (which was a temporary name), named after the Municipality of Consolacion, which is 1.6 miles (or 2.6 kilometers) from the north end of the bridge.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge was opened in August 1999 to decongest the traffic from the older Mactan–Mandaue Bridge. The bridge has a total length of 1237 meters (4058.40 feet) with a center span of 185 meters (606.96 feet), and was completed by in August 1999, and inaugurated by President Joseph Estrada in the same month. The bridge is one of the widest and longest bridge spans in the Philippines. The bridge was constructed with the help of the Japanese Government. It was named after Senator Marcelo Fernan, a political figure from Cebu City.
On the Mactan Island side of the bridge, there is a park called the Millennium Park at the base of the bridge's piers, and the Filipino Seafarers Memorial is located in that park. Also, the bridge has two pedestrian walkways, one on the north side of the bridge, and one on the south side. On the Cebu Island side of the bridge, there is Mandaue City, and the bridge is accessed via United Nations Avenue. The Mactan Island side of the bridge, which is in Lapu-Lapu City, is accessed by Old Patiller Road, a spur road of the Manuel L. Quezon National Highway.
The bridge also sits astride the northern end of the Mactan Channel, which is a gateway to the Cebu International Port which is managed by the Cebu Port Authority, where about 80% of domestic and international shipping operators and shipbuilders in the Philippines are located. The Mactan-Mandaue Bridge is located about 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) south of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.