Two months ago, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that work on the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge would be complete by September of this year. At the time, the project was already at 50%, and work on the main bridge was nearing completion.
Fast forward to April this year, and the DPWH said that the project is on track despite the current pandemic situation. According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the four-lane bridge is about 60% finished thanks to the significant progress the workers have made.
The DPWH is busy setting the 70-meter main bridge (with steel arch and support steel bowstring) to its final position. Once completed, the 680-linear meter bridge will connect Solana Street and Riverside Drive of Intramuros to the bustling district of Binondo via Rentas/Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria.
The bridge is estimated to improve the capacity and efficiency of Manila's road network. Around 30,000 vehicles per day will benefit from the upcoming bridge. It aims to ease traffic congestion between Intramuros and Binondo. Furthermore, the new infrastructure will extend the life of nearby bridges like Jones, Delpan, and MacArthur by reducing the number of vehicles that pass through the bridges.
The DPWH is confident the bridge will be on track for completion this year. Should they achieve that goal, traffic in Manila will get a little bit lighter earlier than anticipated.