THE HISTORIC Pinaglabanan Bridge that connects Old Sta. Mesa Road in Manila and N. Domingo Street in San Juan has been reopened after undergoing reconstruction works, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) announced on Thursday. In a statement e-mailed to reporters, SMC said that its infrastructure unit made a “new and stronger San Juan River bridge.” The bridge was closed Sept. 15 last year “following realignment of the Skyway Stage 3 project over the San Juan River.” SMC President Ramon S. Ang said, “We would like to thank motorists for their patience while we carried out a very important work.” The Skyway Stage 3 is an 18-kilometer elevated toll road that will connect Gil Puyat Ave. in Makati City to the North Luzon Expressway toll plaza in Balintawak, Quezon City. Last month, a portion of the elevated expressway project collapsed from a fire at a nearby warehouse, forcing SMC to delay the opening of the skyway project by three months to July. — Arjay L. Balinbin