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BCDA completes P71.6-M SCTEX bridge rehabilitation

The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), builder and owner of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) announced that it has completed the rehabilitation works of the  SCTEX Pasig-Potrero Bridge and is now fully operational to all vehicles effective last Friday (11 September 2015) at 4:30 pm.

“The completion of the bridge now allows motorists to use both North and South bounds lanes, depending on their destination, compared to the time when motorists had to detour and use a counter-flow lane.  The  fully rehabilitated bridge will provide a more convenient and safer travel to motorist,” BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova.

The P71.6 million long-term and permanent rehabilitation works of the Pasig-Potrero Bridge involved bridge construction, slope protection work, as well as earthworks, sub base and base course, and surface courses, among others.

It will be recalled that strong river current initiated by the heavy downpour during the height of Typhoon Maring on August 19, 2013 set off a massive erosion of up to 10 hectares of land from the banks of the Pasig-Potrero river that caused the damage to a segment of the toll road that serves as an approach to the Pasig-Potrero Bridge.

By September 10, 2013, the BCDA and the DPWH built a bailey bridge as a remedial measure to make the Clark-Porac segment of the toll road accessible to motorists. Construction and repair works of the bridge started in 2014 following the completion of the detailed design of the bridge project.

Last, June, the BCDA  opened the South bound lane of the repaired bridge to motorists. With the completion of the rehabilitation works, the North bound lane was opened  on Friday making the SCTEX Pasig-Potrero Bridge fully operational.