Traveling from C6 to Makati or Taguig should be easier now as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed improvements on the Barkadahan Bridge in Taytay. The bridge spans across the Manggahan Floodway that connects Laguna Lake and the Pasig River and is now completely passable once again.
The 20-year old bridge was once one lane on each side and only suitable for light vehicles and light traffic. The bridge is now 2 lanes wide on each side with a wider northeast connection to the road.
According to a report by DPWH Regional Office 4-A Director, Samson L. Hebra, soon after rehabilitation works were completed last December 2019, the 253-linear meter bridge was immediately opened to the public.
With its opening, DPWH Secretary, Mark Villar, stated that traveling along the entirety of Barkadahan Bridge is now guaranteed safer and smoother. “Aside from the fact that the old substructure is now 20 years old, its rehabilitation is much needed with the volume of vehicles, especially heavy trucks going to the eastern part of Metro Manila and Rizal, passing through everyday,” said Villar.
The recently-rehabilitated bridge was funded with a budget of PhP 34 million under the 2019 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program. It was then implemented by the DPWH Rizal 1 District Engineering Office (DEO).
Motorists living east of Metro Manila frequently use the Barkadahan Bridge in order to travel to Taguig City, as well as SLEX. In addition, the bridge serves as an integral component of the alternative route going to the eastern part of Rizal, Markina, and Quezon City.