San Juanico Bridge

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San Juanico Bridge
San Juanico Bridge
The San Juanico Bridge, view from Leyte
Carries 2 lanes of vehicular traffic; pedestrian sidewalks
Crosses San Juanico Strait
Locale Western Samar-Leyte border
Maintained by Department of Public Works and Highways
Longest span 1,377 m (4,520 ft)
Total length 2,200 m (7,220 ft)
Height 41 m (130 ft)
Beginning date of construction 1969
Completion date 1973

San Juanico Bridge (also known as Marcos Bridge) is among the longest bridges in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, with a total length of 2.2 kilometers (1.36 miles). It has 43 spans rising 41 meters above sea level and an arch that allows sea vessels to pass beneath it.

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Description

The bridge is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway (Maharlika Highway). It crosses San Juanico Strait, bridging the islands of Samar and Leyte. It connects Tacloban City on the Leyte side and the town of Santa Rita on the Samar side. It takes approximately 10 minutes to cross from Tacloban City by passenger jeepney, bus, or private vehicle.

The strait below the bridge has numerous islets and whirlpools that offers picturesque views. It is popularly believed that this bridge was presented by the late President Ferdinand Marcos to his first lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos as a testimony of his love.

History

San Juanico Bridge was built during the Marcos administration. The actual construction of the bridge was commissioned to the Philippine National Construction Corporation (formerly known as Construction and Development Corporation of the Philippines) along with Japanese engineers in 1968. It was designed by engineer Arvin Valderrama and Christian Meynard Barnal and constructed over San Juanico Strait from Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar in 1969. It was completed in 1973, with a final budget of 21.9 million dollars.





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