Earlier this month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will open by June 2021. Weeks after that announcement, the government agency said that they are wrapping up construction on the said bridge and is already 88% complete.
With nearly a month to go before its opening, it looks like the DPWH is on track for the bridge's opening come June of this year. However, motorists living in Makati and Mandaluyong will have to wait a little longer before the new bridge becomes accessible.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they are now busy finishing the civil works on the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the bridge's opening being moved to July 2021. Currently, the project is 89% complete, with construction workers doing finishing touches on the bridge deck.
On-site workers are also finishing the sidewalk for pedestrians and cyclists, installing the bridge lighting system, and constructing the approach road in Makati and Mandaluyong.
“It would be great to see the bridge reopen by July 2021 and cars driving over the economically significant Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Makati City and Mandaluyong City,” said Villar.
Back in 2019, the DPWH tore down the old two-lane, steel truss bridge that connected Estrella Street in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong. That's because its narrow design meant that the bridge had limited capacity. The new concrete bridge will have four lanes instead of two to solve that problem. The DPWH estimates it will benefit 50,000 vehicles daily.
The DPWH may not have been able to open the bridge this coming June. But if it meant that they will be able to finish it thoroughly, it will result in a safe and secure bridge to cross.