Brace for traffic: Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge begins construction today
The construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge begins today. The bridge will be accessible to the public by 2020.
September 24, 2018
MANILA- Brace for traffic around Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge vicinity due to the reconstruction that it will undergo. The closing of the Makati-Mandaluyong bridge started yesterday 8 a.m, Sunday.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar announced the start of the construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge today. The bridge will be accessible to the public by 2020.
“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.
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.
Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Widening
The bridge construction will take 2 and a half years. MMDA general manager, Jojo Garcia stated that the construction is expected to worsen traffic in Mandaluyong and Makati city.
“Please bear with us. This is just one project under the government’s effort to address traffic in Metro Manila,” Garcia stated.
The vehicles passing the bridge daily are rerouted to the EDSA Guadalupe Bridge or Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge.
“All of the areas will be congested, especially EDSA, as the motorists coming from Makati and Mandaluyong will use it as an alternate route, and vice versa,” Garcia said.
As of today, DPWH has 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 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.