Completion of China-funded bridge in Manila delayed, but only slightly

Published April 15, 2021, 5:16 PM

by Betheena Unite

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic might have caused a delay in the completion of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, but it wasn’t enough to place the project on next year’s calendar.

(PHOTO VIA DPWH)

According to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Mark A. Villar, the bridge that will link Intramuros and Binondo in the city of Manila “is on track to be completed this 2021 amid [the] present pandemic situation.”

The project had initially been penciled for completion in September 2021, but the slight delay has pushed the date further into the fourth quarter of this year.

The DPWH said the project’s current progress rate is about 60 percent.

“The implementing office DPWH Unified Project Management Office – Roads Management Cluster 1 (UPMO-RMC 1) and contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation have made efforts to speed up work progress to ensure that the P3.39-billion project will be completed by this fourth quarter,” Villar said following an inspection on Thursday, April 15.

(PHOTO VIA DPWH)

Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain explained that as the 70-meter main bridge with steel arch and support steel bowstring is being pushed from pier 4 to pier 5, the temporary platforms will be removed within a two-week period in order to lower the main bridge to its final position.   

The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project involves the construction of basket-handle tied steel arch bridge with a total length of 680 lineal meter. It will connect the historic district of Intramuros on Solana Street and Riverside Drive to the bustling district of Binondo on Rentas Street/Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria.

Sadain said the design of the arch bridge conforms to new seismic design specifications and climate change considerations.

Thr design and construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge as well as the ongoing Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, which connects Makati and Mandaluyong, were funded by a grant of China.

Once completed, the bridge will accommodate around 30,000 vehicles per day and ease traffic congestion in the heart of Manila. It will also decongest the Jones, Delpan, and McArthur bridges.

 
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