GMA OPENS  P24-MILLION  SEVILLA  BRIDGE LINKING MANDALUYONG AND MANILA

MALACANANG,  September 1, 2004
(OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY)
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last night inaugurated the newly-constructed five-span, P24.11-million Sevilla Bridge across the San Juan River linking Mandaluyong City and Manila.

The new span was constructed to ease traffic congestion on P. Sanchez street in Sta. Mesa, Manila, and Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. It will enhance inter urban commerce between the two cities and the neighboring areas.

The President motored to the inaugural site after hearing mass at the chapel of Villa San Miguel in Mandaluyong City on the occasion of the 76th birthday of Jaime Cardinal Sin. She headed a throng of well-wishers who greeted the Cardinal on his birthday.

Upon her arrival at the Mandaluyong City side of Sevilla Bridge, the President led the ribbon cutting for the formal opening of the span. She was also briefed by Public Works and Highways Secretary Florante Soriquez on the various aspects of the new structure.

Soriquez, Mandaluyong City Mayor Neptali Gonzales and Mandaluyong Representative Benhur Abalos assisted the President in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the unveiling of the bridge marker.

Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project consists of five spans reinforced concrete flat slab with reinforced concrete pile foundation. It replaces the 65-year old structure over the San Juan River.

Soriquez said the new bridge will provide a reliable across-the-river linkage between Mandaluyong City and Manila, adding that it was designed to be seismic resistant to enhance safety for both small and heavy vehicles.

He said completion of the bridge would greatly minimize traffic gridlock in the Mandaluyong City side of the San Juan River.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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