Last month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge will be partially opened to traffic in May of this year. The four-lane bridge will not only connect BGC in Taguig with the Ortigas business districts in Pasig, but it will also serve as an alternative route for motorists that frequent EDSA and C-5.
With just a few days left before May arrives, will the DPWH be able to partially open it to motorists? Despite the entire bridge already being completed, there is still some work to be done. That said, the DPWH has decided to push back the bridge's partial opening to June 2021.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they plan to finish the remaining civil work activities at the four-lane, two-way Sta. Monica - Lawton Bridge, one of the major components of the project. Currently, the DPWH is busy completing the finishing touches on the median barrier. The agency is also installing street lights for added safety.
“I’m happy to announce that soon, we can open the bridge for our motorists once the up and down ramps near Kalayaan Avenue are fully completed,” said Villar.
The government agency expects work on the entire bridge project to be finished this 2021. Once complete, travel time between Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas Center will be cut from 1 hour to just 12 minutes. Moreover, it will help reduce the volume of traffic in both EDSA and C-5.
With just over a month to go before DPWH partially opens the new bridge, we certainly cannot wait to cross the bridge linking the cities of Pasig and Taguig.