The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that commencement of actual construction works for reconstruction and widening of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge from two (2) lanes to four (4) lanes will begin January 19.
The bridge project is one of two China Grant-Aid Bridges, which are financed by the People’s Republic of China through a bilateral cooperation with the Republic of the Philippines. The other bridge is the Binondo-Intramuros bridge.
DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain said that the total bridge closure will allow project contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation to accelerate dismantling of the existing bridge and construction of a new 506 lineal meters bridge structure.
“We ask for public’s patience and understanding as we intend to go full blast on implementation so we can complete and open a new 4-lane bridge crossing Pasig River within the 30-months construction period or by 2021,” said Undersecretary Sadain.
DPWH said upon completion, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is also expected to decrease traffic congestion at Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge by up to 3,360 vehicles per day and at Guadalupe Bridge by up to 4,474 vehicles per day.
“Another highlight of the project is its iconic bridge design that will add to the aesthetic value to the riverine area of Pasig River. The new Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will also feature a 3-meter sidewalk on both sides, in contrast with the existing 0.6-meter sidewalks to ensure pedestrian’s safety,” DPWH said.