Last Sunday, the DPWH closed the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge for the next 30 months. Also known as the Rockwell Bridge, it was to be demolished and to be replaced by a wider, four-lane bridge. Upon closure, motorists experienced gridlocked traffic as they had to find another way in and out of Makati. Following the standstill traffic from yesterday, authorities have re-opened the said bridge, at least for now.
Department of Public Works and Highways spokesperson Anna Mae Lamentillo said that, they, the DPWH ordered the Makati Public Safety Assistance (MAPSA) to clear the roadblock heading to the bridge at 9:30 PM, last night. The spokesperson added that they will be conducting more consultations while the bridge stays open, as reported by CNN Philippines. On that note, that means commuters can pass through the bridge again.
This isn't the first time the closure of the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge was pushed back. It was supposed to be closed last Thursday, September 20, but was postponed to September 23 in order to give more time for government agencies to disseminate the information to residents and other motorists. This second postponement however appears to be indefinite, at least for now, as authorities have yet to say when they will close it again to push through with the demolition and construction of a wider passageway.
As for the new bridge, it was estimated that it will be completed in 2021 to the tune of Php 1.5-billion and will span more than 500 meters in length. The project is part of a Php 5.27-billion Chinese grant which also covers the bridge rehabiliation project for the Intramuros Bridge in Manila.