Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge ahead of schedule, set to open later this year

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Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that come second quarter of 2021, motorists will be able to utilize the widened and modernized Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge that links Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.

While leading a technical inspection on Wednesday, January 6, Secretary Villar said that construction of Estrella Pantaleon Bridge is now more than 72% done and is 8% ahead of schedule.

Part of the EDSA decongestion program and funded by a grant from China, Secretary  Villar was joined in the inspection by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain, UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 Director Virgilio Castillo, and Project Manager Melchor Kabiling.

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Designed to decongest Guadalupe Bridge along EDSA, the main bridge of Estrella Pantaleon is a 146.0-meter prestressed concrete girder bridge with V-shaped piers, while the approach bridge/viaduct is a 66.0-meter prestressed continuous girder bridge. The approach roads at both sides have a length of 294.46 meters.

Already completed are all bridge substructure works on abutments of both sides; piers on Makati approach as well as main bridge; as well as the V-shaped piers for the main bridge.

Also completed are concrete pouring works for four (4) segments of prestressed concrete girder in Mandaluyong side and concrete pouring works for the first lift of box girder for the approach bridge in Makati.

The project’s accelerated schedule was the result of Secretary Villar’s instruction to the DPWH-UPMO to push the construction to proceed more quickly so that the bridge can be opened for public use earlier.

Secretary Villar said that DPWH UPMO under the direction of Undersecretary Sadain is doing all necessary measures of conducting a thorough inspection from time to time for resolution of technical issues, ensure quality standards and safety and to keep up with the pandemic-related challenges and backlog.

According to Undersecretary Sadain, the DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 is now working on the remaining civil works covering formworks and rebar installation in two (2) segments of prestressed concrete girder in Mandaluyong side and two (2) more segments in Makati side as well as for the second lift of box girder for the approach bridge in Makati side in order to complete the bridge.

Once fully completed, the motoring public can expect traffic relief by providing additional fix link and alternative route crossing the Pasig River using a new two-way four-lane bridge with a total length of 506.46 meters and width of 21.65 meters, having 3-meter sidewalks on both sides, said Undersecretary Sadain.

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