The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is carrying out repair works on the picturesque San Juanico Bridge, which connects the islands of Leyte and Samar, in an effort to maintain its structural integrity.
Based on a report submitted by DPWH Region 8 Director Allan S. Borromeo, Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan said that the rehabilitation works which cost P84.7 Million, involve tightening of high-tension bolts and painting works on structural steel.
Director Borromeo said that a major repair is necessary to ensure the safety of motorists and other daily road users given that the bridge is nearly 50 years old.
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 Director Borromeo.
Implemented by DPWH Region 8, the rehabilitation works are expected to be completed by December this year.