Private investors have expressed interest in building a “super bridge” that would connect Mindoro Island with the main island of Luzon through Batangas province. If it goes well, a super bridge will be erected between these two neighbor provinces in Southern Tagalog. And if it happened, Mindoreños won’t have to cross the high seas via ferries and boats to reach Batangas, which is their gateway to Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
We were able to get a sneak peak of this future super infrastructure project via Facebook. Deemed as the “Mindoro-Batangas Super Bridge”, images of this massive bridge structure made rounds in Facebook from the Facebook account of Batangas Vice Governor himself, Hon. Mark Leviste.
In his Facebook status with images of him, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, Oriental Mindoro Governor Boy Umali and the League of Provinces President, he wrote: “Presenting the proposed MINDORO-BATANGAS SUPER BRIDGE with League of Provinces President and Oriental Mindoro Governor Boy Umali.”
Beneath this statement lay a few general details of the said super bridge. According to Leviste, this “Mindoro-Batangas Super Bridge” will be the first ever Floating Bridge in Asia. Yes, it’s a big floater in the seas and it will rest on pontoons. Pontoons are flat-bottom boats or any flotation device with buoyancy sufficient to float itself, used to support a bridge.
In a statement from the Manila Standard Today, the Mindoro-Batangas Super Bridge will start at Barangay Ilijan in Batangas City and will connect to Verde Island (Batangas City). And from Verde Island the bridge will cross off straight to Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, this is according to Vice Gov. Leviste. The distance sums up to total length of 15 km (Batangas City-Verde Island: 6.5 km, Verde Island-Calapan City: 8.5 km).
The super bridge also features a 2-lane highway with pedestrian/bicycle lanes, a high ship passage for passing vessels and tough enough to withstand cyclones up to 350 kph. The super bridge costs around US$ 1.2-1.8 Billion and its construction time is 2 to 5-years, according to Leviste’s post.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report by the Manila Standard Today, Oriental Mindoro Governor Boy Umali said that San Miguel Corporation has initially stated their desire to finance and build this huge project.
Once the construction of this mega-structure is realized, the Mindoro-Batangas Super Bridge will be longer than the San Juanico Bridge that connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte, thus the country’s longest. Also, it will fast-track the economic development of the region, especially in the fields of tourism, Umali added.Source: http://www.thedailypedia.com/