Construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge, which will connect the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong, is almost finished. According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), it is set to be completed towards the end of July.
As of July 13, the DPWH says asphalt overlaying on the 146-meter main bridge and the 66-meter Makati approach bridge are nearly finished. Furthermore, the bridge expansion joints are currently being installed. Once complete, it will allow continuous traffic flow between the main bridge and the approaches on either side.
Other completed ancillary works include the installation of the V-shaped piers, protective barriers/railings, storm drainage structures, and lighting.
Currently, the DPWH is finishing up pavement works on the 50.5-meter approach on Estrella Street in Makati City and the 243.96-meter approach at Barangka Drive connected to Pantaleon Street in Mandaluyong City.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar says that despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, he believes they will be able to finish the construction of the said bridge by the end of July.
Once the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge is opened to the public, it will benefit around 50,000 vehicles daily. In addition, the DPWH estimates it will divert traffic away from EDSA and reduce travel time between Makati and Mandaluyong to just 12 minutes.