Back in May, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the BGC-Ortigas Link Road will be partially opened to the public on Independence Day this June. With work still to be done, we were not entirely sure if the DPWH would be able to finish on time.
Fast forward to the present, and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar announced that everything is set for the partial opening of the bridge on June 12, 2021. In a press statement, Villar said that the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge Project, which is one of the key infrastructures of the BGC-Ortigas Link Road, will partially open this Saturday.
“As promised, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City leading to Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City will be connected to Pasig City/Mandaluyong City by the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge on the historic day our nation commemorates the 123rd Independence Day,” said Villar.
To show that the bridge is ready, Villar drove on the Sta. Monica-Lawton bridge last week to personally inspect the finished work. With asphalt overlaying complete, traffic flow is expected to be smooth once the bridge is officially open to traffic.
Currently, the DPWH is conducting final safety checks and finishing additional touches on the four-lane, 440-meter bridge. Other than those, the DPWH is also completing the rehabilitation and widening of Brixton (cor. Reliance Street) to Fairlane Street, and the rehabilitation of BGC's 8th Avenue.
Once the BGC-Ortigas Link is open to the public, the DPWH estimates that travel time between Pasig City, Mandaluyong City, and BGC will only take 12 minutes. More importantly, the new bridge is expected to accommodate 20% of the traffic volume of EDSA and C-5 Road.