Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to start construction this week

Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced the start of the construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge today.

The bridge 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 implementation of the bridge will start today and will be accessible to the public by 2020,” Villar said.

The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will connect Estrella Street at Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City. It has a total road length of 506.46 meters.

“The construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is part of the Metro Manila Logistics Network — a traffic management master plan created to decongest Metro Manila by adding 12 additional bridges crossing Pasig River, Marikina River, and Manggahan Floodway,” Villar said.

“The alignment caters to about 1.3 million vehicles daily – almost three times its current capacity. There is a need to address the gap if we are serious in solving traffic,” Villar said.

As of today, we have completed the feasibility study of ten bridges under the Metro Manila Logistics Network, including North & South Harbor Bridge, Palanca-Villegas Bridge (Pasig River), Beata-Manalo Bridge (Pasig River), Blumentritt-Antipolo River, Eastbank-Westbank Bridge 1, J.P. Rizal – Lopez Jaena Bridge, J.P. Rizal – St. Mary Bridge, Marikina-Vista Real Bridge, Mercury-Evangelista Bridge, and Eastbank-Westbank Bridge 2 (Manggahan Floodway).

Construction of the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, a 4-lane bridge spanning 633 meters across Pasig River linking Lawton Avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City, has also started and is targeted to be completed in June 2020. As of June 2018, 13.79 percent of the project has been accomplished. It is targeted to be completed in June 2020.

Since the start of the Duterte Administration, DPWH has constructed, rehabilitated, strengthened and widened a total of 2,423 bridges. DPWH