23 November, 2007

Mactan-Mandaue Bridge Postcards

Mactan-Mandaue Bridge or popularly called The First Mactan-Mandaue Bridge is the first of two bridges spanning across the Mactan Channel and connecting the islands of Cebu and Mactan. (The image on the upper right is the Marcelo Fernan Bridge or the Second Mactan-Mandaue Bridge.)

Mactan-Mandaue Bridge Postcard 1

The 846-meter long and 9-meter wide box truss bridge was constructed during the term of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The construction begun in 1970, a year after the declaration of Mandaue as a chartered city. It was inaugurated in July 4, 1971. Finished in 1972 at a cost of 65 million pesos. The bridge was designed and created wholly by Filipino engineers.

Mactan-Mandaue Bridge Postcard 2

The old Mactan-Mandaue bridge which provided the first land transportation link between Mactan Island and the Cebu mainland. When this bridge was not yet existent, the only means of travel between Mactan and the mainland was by boat. At that time, mass transport was by ferry operated by the Ouano family of Mandaue City, using decomissioned LCTs (landing craft transport) of World War II vintage. The approach of this bridge from the mainland side is along A. Cortes Avenue, Mandaue City. The bridge terminates at barangay Pusok, Lapulapu City near the boundary with the Poblacion (city proper).

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