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.