P1.46 billion China-funded bridge up for inauguration
China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon bridge soon to open
MANILA – Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar today inspected and carried out a first drive along the P1.46 billion project funded by a grant from the People’s Republic of China earlier today.
Secretary Villar said the four-lane 506-46-meter pre-stressed concrete rigid frame bridge across the Pasig River, connects Mandaluyong and Makati cities will be opened to traffic in a matter of days.
Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said the main bridge and approach road were covered with layers of asphalt concrete base, binder and wearing court to ensure the comfort and safety of motorists.
“The new bridge is designed to withstand high-intensity earthquakes,” Undersecretary Sadain said.
The project is part of the EDSA decongestion program. It also has a bicycle lane. The old bridge had a capacity of 22,000 vehicles and was dismantled in favor of the expansion project.
The bridge, when inaugurated, can accommodate 50,000 vehicles per day and reduce travel time between Makati and Mandaluyong to about 12 minutes. (Melo M. Acuña)
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar today inspected the finishing touches for the P1.46 billion grant from the China. (DPWH Photos)