DPWH out to make Manila’s Quezon Bridge quake-resistant

Published March 5, 2021, 6:13 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to resume the retrofitting and strengthening of Quezon Bridge in the City of Manila.


Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar said this will cover the removal of structures and obstruction on the existing bracing, as well as on its superstructure specifically on the structural steel, painting, rivets, working platform, and pavement markings.

Based on a report from the DPWH National Capital Region Office, Villar said some P8.2 million in funding from the 2021 General Appropriations Act was allocated to resume works on the old bridge. Major retrofitting began in 2019.

“This is on top of the palliative measures previously implemented on the bridge after it sustained damages from a 2014 fire,” Villar added.

The retrofitting of the 256-meter Quezon Bridge along Quezon Boulevard Extension between Quiapo and Ermita, Manila will be implemented by the DPWH-NCR Construction Division within 120 calendar days.

As the major retrofitting project aims to make Quezon Bridge earthquake-resistant, the DPWH said it will require an estimated P160 million to implement the remaining earthworks, retrofitting on the road, bridge piers, superstructure, and abutments.