Bamban Bridge

Satellite view image of Bamban Bridge in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Crossing the Sacobia-Bamban River system is the Bamban Bridge along the MacArthur Highway between Mabalacat, Pampanga and Bamban, Tarlac. This Nielsen-Lohse basket arch bridge is one of the most modern and sleek-looking bridges in the country; see this ground-level photo from DPWH.

The original Bamban Bridge was destroyed in 1991 when Pinatubo erupted, cutting off vital transportation routes since MacArthur Highway is the major link between northern Luzon and Manila. Various other bridges were erected in place soon after but each one was washed away too, forcing some Baguio vacationers from Manila to take the Concepcion, Tarlac route.

The bridge’s arch has a span of 174 meters and contains 1,400 tons of steel. It is one of the longest bridges of its type in the world and was completed sometime around 1998. It is quite a landmark in an area devastated by Pinatubo’s eruption.

Looking around the area in Google Maps, you can see that the lahar system has stabilized and lush vegetation now covers land that was once desolate.

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March 12, 2006
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  1. mpg wrote on March 13, 2006 @ 10:46PM

    Wow, I didn’t know we had a bridge that looks that cool.

  2. paul sharpe wrote on October 30, 2007 @ 09:19AM

    When I visited Bamban in 1995, we crossed over a bridge made of coconut logs in the same spot where the new bridge is.Tavel was very difficult because of the lahar flows from the Pinitubo eruption.The bridge has really helped that area with economic growth.
    Check it out on Google Earth!

  3. Eugene wrote on October 31, 2007 @ 08:32AM

    @Paul, yep, I remember crossing that river on various temporary bridges in the mid 90s going to Baguio. And yes, I usually check the places I feature on Google Earth. Hehehe.

  4. Arthur wrote on August 28, 2008 @ 01:26PM

    mabuti nman at nagkakaroon na sa pinas ng mga ganyang infrastructure.. masyado n tayong nahuhuli kumpara sa ibang bansa, nung time ni Marcos tayo ang laging ahead between the other Southeast Asian countries.. ngyon napag iwanan na tayo ng Thailand at Malaysia.. What a stupid government we have now?!!

  5. don don ispongkie wrote on March 25, 2009 @ 05:20AM

    lagi ko nkikita to.. pagnglalaro ako ng saranggola…

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