With Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces once again under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), travel time has definitely been cut short, provided you have your own vehicle. For example, going Pasig to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and vice versa can take an hour or even two before the pandemic, especially during rush hour. Now, it takes less than half of that provided you don’t encounter any checkpoints along the way.
Once things return to normal (assuming it does), the travel time from BGC to Pasig will become shorter as well. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar recently posted a photo of the upcoming BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge, and it looks almost ready to open. When complete, the bridge will reduce travel time from Taguig to Pasig to only 12 minutes.
According to DPWH’s Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo, the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge is set to open in the first quarter of 2021. At the moment, they are still working on the bridge approaches. However, it is around 70% completed already.
Granted that the NCR was placed under MECQ once more, it would be understandable if the project gets delayed. However, it seems the agency is still on track as they previously announced a January 2021 opening last June. At the time, they said that the bridge was around “52% completed”. Imagine the progress they have made in just two months.
We don’t know when the COVID-19 pandemic will end just yet. But one thing we can expect is that traveling to and between BGC and the Pasig/Ortigas area will certainly be a lot faster when the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge opens next year.