If you live east of Metro Manila and have to commute or drive to Makati or Taguig daily, then here is a piece of good news for you.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Municipal Government of Taytay may not have officially announced it yet, but they have already started to reopen the southbound side of Barkadahan, the easternmost bridge that spans across the Manggahan Floodway that connects Laguna Lake and the Pasig River.

The government has been busy doing expansion and rehabilitation work on the bridge. In previous years, there was only a two-lane bridge that spanned across the waterway, but the DPWH added another two lanes by building a parallel bridge for a total of four. But not long after the completion of the new segment, the government initiated rehabilitation work on the original side, forcing motorists to use just the two lanes of the new bridge.

Now it seems the project is almost complete as traffic can now use one lane of the rehabilitated side of Barkadahan bridge. This has allowed motorists to head to C6 from Highway 2000 and vice versa with ease. Coupled with the widening at the northeastern terminus of Barkadahan, it is expected that the reopening will yield significant results in improving traffic in the area.

Barkadahan Bridge serves as a critical crossing over the Manggahan Floodway for residents in the east. Residents in the cities and municipalities located in Rizal province such as Antipolo, Taytay, Binangonan and Angono use Barkadahan as a means to get to places in Taguig, Makati, Manila, Pasig, Paranaque, Pateros and more.

Barkadahan is also used as an alternate route to the Metro's primary air terminals in Pasay, as well as the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) via the new C6 dual carriageway.

Officials say that the full reopening of Barkadahan Bridge will be on December 15, 2019, just in time for the holiday rush.