By Betheena Kae Unite
Feasibility studies of 10 bridges, which are being mulled to be built in Metro Manila, have been completed Monday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
The proposed bridges are under the Metro Manila Logistics Network. These were identified as the North and South Harbor Bridge, Palanca-Villegas Bridge crossing Pasig River,
Beata-Manalo Bridge also crossing Pasig River, Blumentritt-Antipolo Bridge, 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 along Manggahan Floodway.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar confirmed that the bridges’ feasibility studies are already completed following his announcement that the construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge started Monday.
Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is one of two China grant-aid bridges financed by the People’s Republic of China through a bilateral cooperation with the Philippines.
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will connect Estrella Street at Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City. It has a total road length of 506.46 meters. It is expected to be finished 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.
Meanwhile, construction of the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, a four-lane bridge spanning 633 meters across Pasig River linking Lawton Avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City, has also started.
It is targeted to be completed in June 2020. Villar said as of June 2018, 13.79 percent of the project has been accomplished.