The San Juanico Bridge, a known landmark in Eastern Visayas that connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte will undergo rehabilitation and repair to maintain structural integrity, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Monday, Aug. 15.
DPWH Sec. Manuel M. Bonoan said the rehabilitation works which cost P84.7 Million, involve tightening of high-tension bolts and painting works on structural steel.
He said the rehabilitation works are expected to be completed by December this year.
Region 8 Director Allan S. Borromeo said the bridge is nearly 50 years old and this is the reason why a major repair is needed.
The DPWH Bureau of Design and Bureau of Research and Standards have earlier conducted an evaluation which involved non-destructive testing (NDT) for detailed bridge condition, corrosion inspection, and monitoring of bridge steel members.
“NDT testing is done to check the compressive strength and other properties of concrete from the existing structure, establish baseline structural condition, and to identify any existing problem that may cause problems in the future,” said Borromeo. (Jun Marcos Tadios)