DPWH aims to complete BGC-Ortigas Center Link by 3rd quarter of 2021

Published July 31, 2021, 1:31 PM

by Betheena Unite

The mission to realize a 12-minute travel time between the business hubs in the cities of Taguig and Pasig continues as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking to complete the entire BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road by the third quarter of the year.

(Photo courtesy of the DPWH)

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that the department “has continued working the viaduct segment across Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City towards 8th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)” after completing the new Sta. Monica -Lawton Bridge, which is now known as the Kalayaan Bridge, on June 12.

The Kalayaan Bridge links the cities of Makati, Pasig, and Mandaluyong and is a major component of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project.

“The DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations have hastened work as we target to fully complete the BGC-Ortigas Link Road Project in this third quarter of the year,” Villar said.

Once completed, travel time between BGC and the Ortigas Central Business District will be drastically reduced to only 12 minutes.

According to Undersecretary Emil Sadain, piers on bored piles for the elevated structure along 8th Avenue were already constructed.

“The works on the viaduct are now in full swing with some of the pre-fabricated girders or the horizontal support structure of the slabs already installed on top of the piers,” Sadain said following an inspection.

“The contractor Persan Construction has also started with the construction of lean concrete retaining wall for the approach ramp at 8th Avenue,” the undersecretary added.

Villar also said that they are in close coordination with the service utility providers including Meralco for the necessary relocation activities to prepare the area that may get affected by the construction of the ramp.

The entire BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project is implemented under a P5.72 billion fund. It includes the construction of 440-meter Kalayaan Bridge, the rehabilitation and widening of 362-meter Brixton corner Reliance Street to Fairlane Street, and 565-meter viaduct structure traversing Lawton Avenue onwards to the entrance of BGC.