DPWH prepares for Independence Day opening of Sta Monica-Lawton Bridge

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon open a new road network passing business and industrial hubs of Pasig City, Makati City and Taguig City in a bid to ease decades-old EDSA travel woes.

Secretary Mark A. Villar said that access ramps of the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, a major component of the Bonifacio Global City – Ortigas Center Road Link Project, are already completed.

With the completion of both up-ramp and down-ramp near Kalayaan Avenue, we will be able to achieved the target partial opening by June 12  of the four-lane two-way Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, added Secretary Villar.

Secretary Villar together with Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain inspected on Thursday, May 6, 2021 the BGC – Ortigas Center Road Link Project which will soon be an alternate corridor from EDSA and C-5 along the section of Guadalupe Bridge and Bagong Ilog Bridge, allowing more economic opportunities.

In his report to Secretary Villar, Undersecretary Sadain said that once the punch listing activities are done, the asphalt overlay  of bridge deck surface, the up and down ramps, and abutment 1 will commence by last week of May 2021  in time for the Independence Day partial opening of this high-impact infrastructure project which is part of EDSA Decongestion Master Plan.

The asphalt concrete overlays will protect the bridge and road pavement from water permeation, flexural fatigue, rutting and shoving, added Undersecretary Sadain.

Implemented by UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) headed by OIC-Project Director Benjamin Bautista and supervised by Project Manager Ricarte Mañalac,  the BGC – Ortigas Center Road Link Project is targetted for full completion by September.

The cantilever box girder bridge is already fully completed with sidewalk, parapet, double arms street light and drainage pipe, with some actitivities for the median barrier.

Improvement thru widening of the connecting roads from the start of the project to Pier 5 at Pasig City side particularly the 228 meters Brixton Street and 248 meters Fairlane Street were also undertaken while finishing touches is on-going at the 159 meters abutment 1 particularly on its drainage and manholes, median, sidewalk and parapet.

Meanwhile, all the 76 pieces of pre-stressed concrete girder for the Lawton to Kalayaan or Section 3 viaduct from Pier 9 to 18 are completed and with deck slab laid with steel for portland cement concrete pouring.

Launching of three out of four bored piles for Section 4 – Pier 19 to end of project along 8th Avenue of BGC were completed with continuous fabrication and installation of reinforcements of pre-stressed girder.

Stay updated with news and information from the Department of Public Works and Highways by visiting their website at dpwh.gov.ph.

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