San Juanico Bridge

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San Juanico Bridge
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The San Juanico Bridge, view from Samar, towards Leyte
Coordinates 11°18′10″N 124°58′19″E / 11.30278°N 124.97194°E / 11.30278; 124.97194Coordinates: 11°18′10″N 124°58′19″E / 11.30278°N 124.97194°E / 11.30278; 124.97194
Carries 2 lanes of vehicular traffic; pedestrian sidewalks
Crosses San Juanico Strait
Locale Santa Rita, Samar
and Tacloban, Leyte
Other name(s) Marcos Bridge
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)[citation needed]
Constructed by Philippine National Construction Corporation
Construction begin 1969
Construction end 1973
Construction cost US$ 21.9 million

San Juanico Bridge (Filipino: Tulay ng San Juanico) 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),[1] it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. The bridge was dedicated to Ferdinand Marcos' wife, Imelda Marcos.[2]

The bridge was slightly damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 but repaired.


The Philippine government's 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 under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos. Construction commenced in 1969 over San Juanico Strait from Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar, with completion in 1973.

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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.[1]


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  1. ^ a b San Juanico Bridge, the country's longest Cebu Retrieved on 13 October 2013
  2. ^ Sabornido, Lyza (17 September 2014). "10 Facts You Should Know about San Juanico Bridge in Samar and Leyte". Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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