President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Mandaluyong City and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge in Manila next week.
This was announced by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Wednesday during the ocular inspection of the site for the construction of the four-lane bridge in Manila.
“Next week is the groundbreaking of these projects, with President Duterte after the groundbreaking the construction of the projects will proceed,” Villar said in an interview.
The DPWH chief noted that the two bridges worth USD70 million were donated by the Chinese government.
“These two bridges are a product of our partnership with the people of China. We are optimistic about this collaboration as they will be providing world-class bridges that will truly be beneficial for us Filipinos,” Villar said.
“The implementation of these bridges is scheduled to begin next week and will be accessible to the public by 2020,” he added.
With a total length of 506.46 meters, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will connect Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.
On the other hand, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will have a total road length of 734 meters, equipped with a four-lane carriageway and a three-meter sidewalk along both sides. It will cross the Pasig River and will provide a new link between Intramuros and Binondo.
Vlliar explained that two bridges are part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Network, a traffic management plan composed of 12 new bridges crossing Pasig River, Marikina River, and Manggahan Floodway.
The alignment caters to about 1.3 million vehicles daily and provides alternative linkages between major thoroughfares, such as EDSA and C5.
“The construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is part of our master plan to decongest other existing bridges. As a major component of this initiative, we plan to further increase the number of bridges nationwide and rehabilitate the older bridges to ensure public safety,’’ Villar said. PNA