Motorists that frequently travel between the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati will soon be able to cross the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge once more. After being closed to the public since January 2019, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that the bridge will reopen come 2021.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, work on the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Replacement Project is on track and is set to ease traffic between Estrella Street in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong.
“Although temporarily-suspended for two (2) months due to COVID-19, we are now seeing significant progress of this ongoing iconic bridge project,” said Villar during his inspection yesterday.
Measuring a total of 506-linear meters, the bridge will have four lanes from the previous two lanes it used to have. Once completed, the bridge will soon accommodate an average of 50,000 vehicles per day. With it, the DPWH expects it will help in decongesting traffic along EDSA and other nearby thoroughfares.
Apart from getting additional lanes, the new bridge will also come with a 3-meter pedestrian sidewalk in each direction, wider landing areas on both sides of the bridge, as well as have a landmark design as first seen on the first image above.
With the DPWH confident the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge will be open to the public next year, motorists that used to take alternate routes between Makati and Mandaluyong may soon be able to cross the bridge in due time. The only question now is, when will it exactly open in 2021? We're keeping our fingers crossed the bridge will be completed sometime in Q1 or Q2 of next year.