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|
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.
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.
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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