By Betheena Unite
Improvement works on an old bridge across Epifanio delos Santos Avenue in Pasay City have been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Thursday.
The newly-improved Malibay Bridge, according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, was “retrofitted to conform to the latest standard design and seismic guidelines, criteria, and specifications of the department.
“Without closing to motorists, we were able to fix the hairline cracks underneath Malibay Bridge. Cracks due to wear and tear could potentially endanger motorists if left untreated in case of large-magnitude earthquake,” Villar said.
“Our men injected epoxy along the bridge’s hairline cracks. It is then retrofitted with carbon fiber and applied with a protective coating to ensure stability and safety,” Villar explained.
According to DPWH-National Capital Region Director Ador Canlas, Malibay Bridge is among the priority bridge projects in Metro Manila that has received funding for its immediate repair in an effort to make vital bridges resilient in the event of earthquakes.
A total of P10 million was allocated by the department for the improvement works of Malibay Bridge, he added.