SMC rebuilds damaged STAR Tollway bridge within target 6 months
SAN Miguel Holdings Corp., the infrastructure unit of conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC), said it has completed construction of a new bridge along the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road or STAR Tollway, in just six months.
The 231-meter long Sabang Bridge, which connects Ibaan and Batangas, the last two major exits of the Star Tollway, was found damaged during a routine inspection in December last year, following the onslaught of typhoon “Nina”.
The damaged section, spanning 60 meters and located right above a 55meter deep ravine, had to be demolished to make way for a new one.
“This was an especially challenging project. Given the amount of work that had to be done, the level of difficulty in executing it, and the need to complete it in the shortest time possible, we’ve had to invest significantly to utilize technologies that are new or-to the best of our knowledge--rarely or have never been used in local infrastructure,” said SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang.
This included bringing in demolition experts to remove the old bridge.
This is similar to methods used in other countries to implode condemned buildings and other structures.