One of the popular bridges nationwide known as “San Juanico Bridge” has the distinction of being not only the longest bridge in the Philippines but also the longest in Southeast Asia. It has a total length of 2.162 kilometers or 2,162 linear meters, the equivalent of 7,092 feet and having a breadth of 10.62 meters. The highest point at the main span is 41 meters above the water level. It has 43 spans and 42 piers. The S-shaped structure on the Samar side had to be adopted to make use of the importance of the existing islet, the Cabalauan islet that lies in the middle of the San Juanico Strait between the two island provinces of Samar and Leyte. This islet serves as resting point and provides added support to the massive structure soaring over the swift currents of the strait.
The San Juanico Bridge is the longest bridge in the Philippines, with a length of 2 km. It crosses the San Juanico Strait, bridging the islands of Samar and Leyte. It is also known as the Marcos Bridge, it is said to have been presented as a Gift and “Testimonial of Love” by the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to the first lady, Imelda, a native of Leyte.
It connects Tacloban City on the Leyte side and Santa Rita town on the Samar side. It offers many picturesque views, especially of the San Juanico Strait with its thousand whirlpools as well as the islets of the province. It is the narrowest strait in the Philippines & separates the islands of Samar and Leyte. At its narrowest point, the strait is only 2 kilometers wide.
It is approximately 10 minutes from downtown Tacloban City and is accessible by passenger jeepney, bus, motorcab or private vehicle. Construction on the $21.9 million Bridge was started in 1969 and completed four years later