DPWH chief leads launching of 2nd Magsaysay Bridge in Butuan
by Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY (May 3) -- The long wait is over! DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan who represented President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo finally headed the launching and inauguration of the second Magsaysay Bridge and the Butuan City by-pass road signaling the operationalization of the P2 billion-peso projects.
In his speech, Sec. Bonoan said that the project is the only bridge in the country whose design has been jointly and carefully studied by the combined technology of Japan and the manpower of the Philippines.
"The construction of the bridge started in March 6, 2004 - exactly three years and 14 days. It becomes an alternative route across the Agusan River to connect the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway (Surigao-Agusan-Davao Road) and the Butuan City-Cagayan-Iligan Road", Sec. Bonoan said.
The project also facilitates the complete rehabilitation and strengthening of the existing bridge. It is considered the longest suspension bridge in the entire Mindanao and serves as the newest landmark of the city.
The bridge is made of 360 meter steel cable stayed bridge with concrete tower and steel deck plate girder on steel pipe sheet pole. Also constructed at the east and west bank of the river are the 372 and 150 meter approach viaducts composed of steel girders with pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete deck slab on steel pipe files foundation.
The by-pass road diverts traffic from the core of the city and ease up traffic congestion at the existing old Magsaysay bridge. This ensures a smooth flow of goods, products and services in the Northeastern part of Mindanao.
Present during the launching are Japan Ambassador Ryuchiro Yamazaki who is represented by Akiri Sugiyama, Economic Minister of the Embassy of Japan; DPWH Assistant Secretary Rafael Yabut; MEDCo Asst. Secretary Jose Aquino II; Hiroshi Togo, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Chief Representative; Cong. Leovigildo Banaag of the first district of Butuan City and Las Nieves; and Japanese engineers of TOA Corporation, Nippon Steel Corporation and Katahira International. (PIA-13) [top]