METRO NEEDS 32 BRIDGES TO EASE TRAFFIC

MANILA, NOVEMBER 11,  2003  (STAR) Metro Manila needs 32 more bridges to resolve the traffic woes.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando said the bridges would provide alternative routes for vehicles using the major thoroughfares.

The point was raised by Fernando, who also chairs the Regional Development Council-National Capital Region (RDC-NCR), during the groundbreaking of the P203-million Mandaluyong-Bacood bridge yesterday.

"Once we have completed all the bridges, we would be able to divide the traffic, meaning vehicular traffic would not be concentrated on just one road," Fernando told the residents of Bacood in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The MMDA chief was joined in the groundbreaking by Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Assistant Dir. Edilberto Tayao of the Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region.

Tayao says the two-lane concrete bridge, which is 204 meters in length and eight meters in width, would take about a year to complete. Out of the P203-million budget, P27 million would go to paying for the road right of way, involving owners of homes and establishments that would be hit once the construction gets underway.

Fernando said the new bridge would benefit thousands of motorists traveling to and from San Juan, Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong, Pasig and Punta in Manila.

As of last July, the RDC-NCR records showed out of the 33 bridge proposals, nine of them would cross the stretch of the Pasig River and two along Concepcion creek in Marikina City. Evelyn Macairan


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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