Sevilla Bridge now fully open to public – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   August 17, 2020   •   1488

MANILA, Philippines – The newly-reconstructed Sevilla Bridge is now fully opened to the public, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Monday.

The Sevilla Bridge is a four-lane bridge crossing the San Juan River connecting Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

“Now that the new Sevilla Bridge is open to the traveling public, it should help decongest traffic in Metro Manila and benefit the daily motorists,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement.

The bridge was initially opened to motorists on June 26 for the lanes going to Shaw Boulevard while its opposite lanes were completed a week after.

The bridge reconstruction project, a partnership with San Miguel Corp. (SMC), involves a 56.76 linear meter single span with a total width of 19.40 meters composed of 7.65 meter carriageway an d 1.5 meter sidewalk (northbound and southbound), and 1.1-meter center island.

Following its closure in March, the bridge was reconstructed to give way to construction works of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project.

The reconstruction of Sevilla Bridge also helps in ensuring the smooth flow of water in the San Juan River where it stands, resulting to flood mitigation in the area especially during the rainy season,” Villar said.

66 new COVID rooms at Lung Center ready by end of June

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Public Works and Highways Secretary and isolation czar Mark A. Villar announced that additional new rooms for management and treatment of COVID-19 patients at the Lung Center of the Philippines will be ready by the end of June.

Villar said the Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Health Facilities of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast tracking the on-going construction five cluster units of modular hospital facilities for moderate to severe and critical cases at the Lung Center compound in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Undersecretary and Task Force Head Emil Sadain reported that three cluster units with 66 rooms are targeted for completion in June.

Meanwhile the remaining two cluster units will be delivered in July.

Likewise, the Department aims to complete in July a 16-room dormitory equipped with double decker beds for 32 healthcare workers of the Lung Center.

At present, frame and roofing works for the off-site modular hospitals were already completed with workers now doing room partition, flooring and electrical wiring.

Undersecretary Sadain said that the project at Lung Center is extremely significant since this hospital receives the most number of patients with respiratory conditions.

TS Dante leaves P268.5M in infra damage — DPWH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has estimated at least P268.52 million worth of damage in national roads and flood-control structures due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has reported that the department is already conducting clearing operations in various areas in the country. Around 270 equipment assets and 1,569 workers were deployed for the on-going clearing activities. He also reported that three impassable national road sections identified in Cebu, Eastern Samar, and Agusan del Sur.

“In Region 7 alone, partial cost of damage is at P106.2 million from P95 million damaged roads and P11.2 million damaged flood-control structures while in Region 12, partial cost of damage to infrastructure has reached P162.32 million from flood-control structures,” the DPWH said.

In Cebu, the Dalaguete-Mantalongon-Badian Road, in Brgy. Ablayan has been affected by flooding.

Butuan City-Talacogon-Loreto-Veruela-Sta. Josefa Road is also impassable, specifically the Adgawan Bridge in La Paz, Agusan del Sur due to embanked soil collapse on bridge approach.

The DPWH Quick Response Team also closed the Wright-Taft-Borongan Road, Eastern Samar for possible occurrence of landslide. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes. AAC

DPWH to conduct road reblocking on May 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Motorists are advised to take alternative routes as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) conducts road reblocking in several roads in Metro Manila.

In an advisory on Thursday (May 20), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that the DPWH’s weekend reblocking will begin on Friday (May 21) until May 24 on the following areas:


1. EDSA near corner Kaingin Road Quezon City


2. EDSA to A. Bonifacio Ave. (1st lane from the sidewalk)


3. After Rajah Matanda (2nd lane from the sidewalk) after M.G Dizon (Cliff Drive) St. (2nd lane from the sidewalk)
4. Before Magsaysay Ave. (2nd lane from the sidewalk)

Affected motorists are advised to take alternative routes until the roads are fully passable on Monday, May 24. -AAC


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