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Bridge repairs finished by Saturday

/ 07:32 AM July 10, 2012

REPAIRS on the expansion joints of the Marcelo Fernan bridge will be finished on Saturday, which is ahead of schedule by one   month and a half.

PLD Construction foreman Cesar Ricania credited the fast repairs to  good weather and the absence of any untoward incidents. on the bridge.

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Focused attention was paid to the repair work to make sure the bridge is open in time for  the Aug. 5 Ironman, an international triathlon that will see  athletes riding bicycles  across the bridge.

“We worked for 24 hours, we stopped for several minutes due to some rains but overall it was trouble-free,” Ricania said.

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Tomorrow, Ricania said they will proceed with cementing and asphalting after the new finger-type steel expansion joints are replaced.

But the viaduct’s right lane will remain closed until Saturday for the three-day cement curing stage.

The Ironman 70.3 Philippine Triathlon race will have a 90-kilometer bike course that will traverse the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.The bridge will be temporarily closed for the cyclists.

It will also have a 21-kilometer running course through the South Road Properties in Cebu City and a 1.9-kilometer swimming course along Punta Engano in Mactan Island. Correspondent Fe Marie D. Dumaboc

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