Seven months from now, the bridge that would connect Intramuros and Binondo across Pasig river in Manila will be completed.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced on Thursday, February 4, that the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is now 50 percent complete and is targeted for opening in September 2021.
“By September 2021, this attractive design of the arch bridge that symbolizes the friendly cooperation between China and the Philippines will become a new iconic landscape connecting the Binondo and Intramuros districts of Manila,” Villar said following an inspection.
Around 30,000 vehicles are expected to use the completed bridge daily, easing traffic congestion between the Binondo and Intramuros.
The China-funded bridge involves the construction of four-lane basket-handle tied steel arch bridge with a total length of 680 lineal meter connecting the district of Intramuros from Solana Street and Riverside Drive and the district of Binondo in Rentas Street/Plaza Del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria, along with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.
The project, which costs P3.39 billion, was funded under the two China Aid Bridges Project. The other bridge in the project is the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge, which links Makati and Mandaluyong.
“Designed with the new seismic specifications and taking into consideration the impact of climate change, the project employed many advanced construction methods shared by Chinese to the Filipino workers such as the steel arch bridge assembly, pushing method and the bottom construction method of the boxed cofferdam and building a solid piling foundation,” Villar said.