By Raymund Antonio
The newly completed P122.5-million Friendship Bridge in Angeles City, Pampanga, is now open.
The Department of Public Works and Highways has opened the 240-lineal meter bridge on Tuesday, March 12.
The Friendship Bridge was widened with two additional lanes to “facilitate better mobility” for the riding public in the cities of San Fernando and Angeles, including the Clark Freeport Zone, and Porac town, said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
Villar was present during the opening of the bridge, along with Pampanga 1st District Rep. Carmelo Lazatin II, DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, and other public works and local officials.
The bridge was constructed under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program to address the traffic congestion along the Friendship Circumferential Road, which was also widened under the project.
Villar added the travel time from San Fernando City to Clark through Friendship Circumferential Road will be reduced from half an hour to 20 minutes because of the widened road and bridge.
Aside from bridge construction and road widening, the DPWH also implemented maintenance work on the other existing two-lane bridge.
These included repainting of metal structures, sealing of cracks, slope protection, and provision of safety devices such as concrete railings, signage and pavement markings.
The new bridge is made of reinforced concrete deck girder on bored pile foundation while the approach road on both sides measures 585 meters long, DPWH said. (Raymund F. Antonio)