A few months ago, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the opening of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge has been moved to Q1 2022. It was originally meant to be finished by December of this year but had to be delayed due to the late arrival of the fabricated steel box girders that are needed for the project to continue.
With just a few weeks left before we say goodbye to 2021, is the DPWH making good progress with the 680-meter bridge?
According to the agency, work on the bridge is now 88% complete. This was made possible after workers were able to install the components for the on-ramp at the Intramuros side, as well as the viaduct structure over at the Estero de Binondo side of the bridge. Moreover, the steel box girder components have already been put up as well.
This allows the DPWH to focus its manpower and equipment to install the pre-fabricated girders for the 298-meter on-ramp at the Muelle dela Industria segment of the bridge. With the main steel arch of the bridge deck already in place, the DPWH is targetting to finish the project by early next year.
“We are expecting a lot of dramatic changes for this project, with all the needed materials and high-performance launching equipment available on the construction site,” said Emil Sadain, Chief Implementer of Build Build Build (BBB).
Once the PHP 3.39 billion Binondo-Intramuros bridge project is complete, it's expected to benefit around 30,000 vehicles daily. It will connect the District of Intramuros at Solana Street and the District of Binondo at Rentas Street/Plaza Del Conde Street. It will have four lanes in total (two in each direction) and will help ease traffic congestion between the two districts.
More importantly, the new bridge is also expected to help extend the life of nearby bridges like Jones, Delpan, and MacArthur by diverting the number of vehicles that pass through them.