The Build, Build, Builds! (BBB) Program is the centerpiece program of the Duterte administration which aims to usher in the “Golden age of infrastructure” in the Philippines. Hopefully, within the next decade, our islands will be fully connected, eliminating the need to use water to travel from one island to another. This is the reason why we have listed some of the country’s iconic bridges.
Here are the 10 iconic bridges in the Philippines
The Macapagal Bridge (Filipino: Tulay ng Macapagal) is a steel cable-stayed bridge that spans the Agusan River in Butuan, Agusan del Norte. It is located on Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II Avenue (also known as the Butuan Bypass Road). It is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Mindanao, and the second-longest in the Philippines, after the Marcelo Fernan Bridge in Cebu, which connects the cities of Lapu-Lapu on the island of Mactan and Mandaue on the Cebu mainland.
The Buntun Bridge is a river bridge that connects Tuguegarao City. It is the country’s second-longest bridge, trailing only the San Juanico Bridge, and provides an unobstructed view of the Cagayan River.
Marcelo Fernan Bridge
The Marcelo Fernan Bridge, also known as the Second Cebu-Mactan Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge in Metro Cebu, Philippines. It connects Mandaue City to Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island by crossing the Mactan Channel.
Bataan–Cavite Interlink Bridge
Iloilo–Guimaras–Negros–Cebu Link Bridge
The Iloilo–Guimaras–Negros–Cebu Link Bridge is a planned network of bridges in the Visayas in the Philippines connecting the islands of Panay, Guimaras, Negros, and Cebu.
One of the core projects of the Duterte Administration’s “Build, Build, Build” Program, the bridge network aims to provide increased inter-connectivity in the provinces of Western and Central Visayas, to stimulate economic activity in the region and help in the decongestion of Metro Manila in the process. Considering the width of the Iloilo Strait, Guimaras Strait, and Tañon Strait, each bridge in the network, if completed, will be much longer than the longest bridge in the country, the 2-km San Juanico Bridge between the islands of Samar and Leyte.
The Davao–Samal Bridge is a proposed bridge that will cross Pakiputan Strait to connect Davao City and Samal. On January 14, 2021, the Philippine and Chinese governments signed a contract for the design and construction of the bridge which costs 19.32 billion pesos.
The Binondo–Intramuros Bridge is a tied-arch bridge that spans the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines. It connects Binondo’s San Fernando Street and San Nicolas’ Muelle de la Industria to Intramuros’ Solana Street and Riverside Drive.
The 680-lineal meter of this bridge involves the construction of a four-lane, 70 meters long, and 21.65 meters wide steel arch bridge connecting Intramuros, Solana Street to Riverside Drive, and Binondo, Rentas Street to Muelle de la Industria.
Panguil Bay Bridge
Mindanao’s longest bridge. The P7.38-billion priority infrastructure project is funded through a loan from the Korean Export-Import Bank.
The bridge spans Panguil Bay in the Philippines’ Northern Mindanao Region. The bridge will connect Lanao del Norte’s capital Tubod and Tangub City in Misamis Occidental, cutting travel time from two to 2.5 hours via a 100-kilometer route or a roll-on, roll-off vessel to under 10 minutes.
San Juanico Bridge
The San Juanico Bridge was built in 1969 and was dedicated on July 2, 1973. With a total length of 2.16 kilometers, it is the Philippines’ longest bridge across a body of seawater. It connects the Samar and Leyte islands. The bridge is an icon for Eastern Visayas, representing the resilience and strength of its people, history, and culture.
Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLex)
The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) opened on April 27, 2022, and currently holds the title of the longest bridge in the Philippines, with a length spanning 8.9 km—beating the previous record of 2.16 km from the San Juanico Bridge. Toll fees run from Php 90.00 to Php 300.00 depending on the size of the vehicle crossing the bridge, and the bridge is estimated to relieve traffic on Mandaue roads by 15 percent. Wikipedia
Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)
1. What is the longest bridge in the Philippines?
The Cebu-Cordova Link Express (CCLex) is now the longest in the Philippines.
2. What is the second-longest bridge in the Philippines?
It was officially opened on July 2, 1973. The San Juanico Bridge is the second-longest bridge in the Philippines.
3. What does CCLex stand for?
CCLEX stands for Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway. It is an 8.5km bridge linking Cebu City and Cordova.
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Those are your 10 iconic bridges in the Philippines. What bridges do you think are the most impressive? Let us know in the comment section.