The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that they have already completed work on the substructure and superstructure segments of the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge.
In 2019, the DPWH tore down the two-lane steel (primarily) truss bridge that spanned over the Pasig River from Rockwell in Makati to Mandaluyong. It was mentioned that the bridge was taking on too much traffic for its design, and was to be replaced by a wider concrete bridge given the traffic in the area.
The DPWH says the final concrete pouring on the deck slab was held last April 23, 2021, and that the bridge project has entered the 'wrap-up' stage and is now 88% complete.
When will the new Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge officially open? The DPWH said several weeks ago that it is set to open to the public this June 2021. Like the bridge before it, it will connect Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City with Estrella Street in Makati City.
The 504.64-linear meter bridge will have a total of four lanes (two per direction) and will have 3-meter sidewalks for pedestrians. About 50,000 vehicles are set to benefit daily once the bridge is open to traffic. Last but not least, travel time between the two cities will be shortened to just 12 minutes, and will serve as an alternate route for motorists that wish to avoid taking EDSA.
With both the Estrella-Pantaleon and the BGC-Ortigas Link bridges set to be opened this coming June, those that live, work and go to the cities of Taguig, Makati, and Mandaluyong will be the first to cross the new road infrastructures. We won't be surprised if the two bridges will actually help decongest traffic in EDSA.