Manila — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working towards advance completion of its three EDSA decongestion program projects by the end of 2020.
DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, in-charge of Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services, identified these projects all crossing Pasig River as the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge expected for completion within the first quarter of 2021.
However, Undersecretary Sadain has secured the commitment of contractors and consultants to fast-track implementation in order to accelerate project completion delivery by the end of this year 2020.
Considering the immediate impact to reducing traffic at EDSA and C-5 particularly along the section of Guadalupe Bridge and Bagong Ilog Bridge, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar and Undersecretary Sadain occasionally conducts onsite assessment to expedite resolution of implementation challenges at the on-going construction of 440 meter Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge which is a major component of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project.
The P5.7-billion Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project that will reduced to 11 minutes travel time between BGC and Ortigas Central Business District also includes 362 meter rehabilitation and widening of Brixton (corner Reliance Street) to Fairlane Street and construction of 565 meter four lane Lawton Avenue-Global City viaduct structure onwards to the entrance of Bonifacio Global City.
On the otherhand, the 506 meter Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Estrella, Makati City to Barangka Drive and the 680 meter Binondo-Intramuros Bridge connecting Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando bridge) with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo are two future iconic bridges being built at a cost of P4.85 billion financed by a grant by the Peoples Republic of China.
The three projects are under the supervision of DPWH-UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) headed by Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo.
Given the favorable weather condition, our contractors are trying to double up in terms of works being done on those bridges and once all goes well, the completion time is expected to be early, added Undersecretary Sadain.
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