DPWH Sec. Mark Villar confirms Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge will be open next next month

Last week, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the BGC-Ortigas Road Link would be partially opened to the public this June. It was originally set to be opened this May. But due to civil works that have yet to be completed, they had to push back the opening of the bridge.

So far, there has been no exact date as to when it will open next month. Yesterday, however, the DPWH announced that the bridge will be partially opened on Independence Day, June 12, 2021.

BGC-Ortigas Link to partially open June 12, Independence Day image

The announcement was confirmed by none other than DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, who recently inspected the work on the bridge. Villar said that the access ramps of the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, a major component of the BGC-Ortigas Link Road project, is already complete.

“With the completion of both up-ramp and down-ramp near Kalayaan Avenue, we will be able to achieve the target partial opening by June 12 of the four-lane two-way Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge,” said Villar.

Next on the DPWH’s agenda is to conduct asphalt overlay on the bridge deck surface and the up and down ramps of the Sta. Monica - Lawton Bridge. The DPWH plans to commence the asphalt overlaying by the last week of May.

BGC-Ortigas Link to partially open June 12, Independence Day image

As for the rest of the road link, Villar mentioned that the cantilever box girder bridge is complete. Work on the sidewalks, street lights, parapets, and drainage pipes are finished as well. Still being worked on, however, are the road widening projects of Brixton and Fairlane Streets in Pasig. Once complete, it will allow traffic to flow smoothly heading towards the bridge.

With a little over a month to go before its planned opening, the DPWH is kicking things into high gear to have it ready by June 12, 2021. By September 2021, the agency believes that work on the entire BGC-Ortigas Link Road will be finally complete.