Proposed 'SuperBridge' to connect Batangas and Mindoro

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It would take five years to build the 14-kilometer-long bridge at an estimated cost of P18 billion.

Lipa City (CNN Philippines) — A proposal for the construction of a "SuperBridge" that would connect Batangas and Mindoro Island was presented to the local government units of the concerned provinces.

In a statement on Wednesday (August 26) by the Office of the Governor of Batangas, the plan was shown to Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto and Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr.

Earlier this year, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) expressed interest in building the SuperBridge which would surpass the length of San Juanico Bridge that connects Samar and Leyte.

Umali, who is also the president of the the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), said SMC President Ramon Ang planned to build the 14-kilometer-long bridge at an estimated cost of P18 billion.

Construction would take five years.

Based on government records, San Juanico Bridge took four years to build with a cost of $21.9 million during the time of the President Ferdinand Marcos.

According to the plan, the SuperBridge would begin in Barangay Ilijan in Batangas City and make a 6.4-kilometer span across Verde Island.

The second connection — spanning 4.4 kilometers — will start from the Verde Island going to the coastal barangay in Sinandigan in Pueto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

But in a presentation to Recto, the bridge would be the first floating bridge in Asia, with a high ship passage resting on pontoons.

The total length would be 15 kilometers with pedestrian and bicycle lanes.

The SuperBridge could withstand cyclones of up to 350 kph winds.

Netizens from Oriental Mindoro welcomed the planned project, saying this would provide considerable ease to commuters.

CNN Philippines' stringer Ron Lozano contributed to this report.