By Lyka Manalo
BATANGAS CITY—The 3rd Calumpang Bridge, the first and only segmental box girder bridge in the Philippines, is expected to open by January.
The installation of the last precast segment Tuesday was witnessed by Batangas City Rep. Marvey Mariño and Mayor Beverley Rose Dimacuha together with the local government officials and top executives of its contractor, Frey-Fil Corporation.
The project manager, Engineer Ronald Litan said the four-lane, 140-meter long bridge, is made up of 55 segmented box girders, with concrete roads approaching each exits at Sitio Ferry, Kumintang Ibaba and Gulod Labac.
The precast segments were fabricated at the Frey-Fil yard in Calumpit, Bulacan.
Calumpang River is spanned by the Calumpang Bridge and Bridge of Promise.
The 3rd Calumpang Bridge was a dream project for Dimacuha’s father, former Mayor Eduardo Dimacuha.
“This bridge is a symbol of our unity, we don’t look for enemies, we build bridges, we build relationships , the city will enjoy a lot of investments, a lot of investors are already inquiring” Mariño said.
The bridge, which cost P338 million, is expected to ease traffic congestion for motorists passing the heart of the city and going to the eastern side, where industrial sites and power plants, including the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Refinery, JG Summit Petrochemicals, and Kepco-Ilijan Power Plant, are located.