Motorists in Makati and Mandaluyong will be able to cross the soon-to-be-completed Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge this July. This comes after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that work on the said bridge is now 93% complete.
According to DWPH Secretary Mark A. Villar, they are now focusing on completing the approach roads on either side. They are also finishing the miscellaneous works that are now entering the final phases.
In the coming days, a 50.5-meter approach at Estrella Street, Makati towards the completed 66-meter approach bridge and the 146-meter main bridge will be paved with concrete. Similarly, a 243.96-meter approach road at Barangka Drive towards E. Pantaleon Street will also be paved with concrete.
Other additional works that need to be completed on the bridge project include asphalt overlay, the putting of lane markings on the approach roads, and the main bridge itself, installation of protective barrier and railings along both sides of the bridge, pipes for the stormwater drainage structure, and the lightings.
“As we wrap up the works, we’d like to thank the motorists, affected stakeholders in the project area, and the local government units for their continued patience and support to this Build, Build, Build project of the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration to decongest EDSA traffic,” said Villar.
Originally, the bridge was set to be opened this month. However, the opening of the bridge had to be delayed to July 2021 in order to finish pending civil works, as well as to make sure the new Estrella-Pantaleon bridge meets safety standards.
Once work on the project is completed, the four-lane concrete bridge is set to benefit 50,000 vehicles daily. More importantly, the DPWH estimates that the travel time between Makati and Mandaluyong will be shortened to just 12 minutes.