This summer, a new bridge connecting Binondo and Intramuros in Manila will be available to motorists.
Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Secretary Roger Mercado and “Build, Build, Build” chief implementer Undersecretary Emil Sadain inspected the 680-meter bridge project across Pasig River on Monday, Jan. 24.
Mercado said that the bridge is nearly finished at 90 percent and expected to open this Holy Week.
The new bridge has two lanes from each direction, and its location is between the old Jones Bridge and Delpan Bridge.
Sadain, who is also in-charge of the DPWH’s Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, inspected the bridge from the Intramuros side going to Binondo to make sure that the project is done to the standards that are laid out in the contract.
“You can walk over the bridge, but [it is] still closed with on-going construction of ramps on Binondo and Intramuros side,” said Sadain.
Also present during the inspection were UPMO Project Directors Benjamin A. Bautista, Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Ramon A. Arriola III, Rodrigo Delos Reyes, and Johnson Domingo; and Project Manager Mechor Kabiling.
Mercado said that he is excited for the opening of the iconic basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that is expected to cut travel time between the districts of Binondo and Intramuros.
Implemented by UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1, the new bridge in Manila, which will benefit approximately 30,000 vehicles daily, will give extra space for pedestrians and dedicated lanes for bikers for improved safety and ease of traffic flow.
Equipment and crews are in the process of constructing access ramps made of prefabricated components from Shanghai, China at the Binondo side with an up-ramp located at Muelle dela Industria Street and down-ramps at Rentas Street and Plaza del Conde Street.
Simultaneously, construction of ramps at Intramuros side is ongoing with an up-ramp at Riverside Drive and down-ramp at Solana Street.
The ₱3.39 billion project, one of the flagship infrastructures of the DPWH under President Duterte’s BBB Program, is financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China.
“We are grateful to the men and women who worked so hard to build this bridge and thank the government of China and its contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation for their commitment to this project,” said Sadain.