Motorists will soon be able to use the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the bridge linking the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong is eyed to be opened in the second quarter of 2021.
During a technical inspection on Wednesday, Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar said that the construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is now 72 percent complete.
“We have implemented a catch up plan on this project due to the two month work suspension caused by the COVID 19 lockdown. We are confident that construction is on track for 2021 opening,” Villar said.
The bridge is expected to alleviate traffic between Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.
“Already completed are all bridge substructure works on abutments of both sides; piers on Makati approach as well as main bridge; as well as the V-shaped piers for the main bridge,” the agency said. “Also completed are concrete pouring works for four segments of prestressed concrete girder in Mandaluyong side and concrete pouring works for the first lift of box girder for the approach bridge in Makati.”
The DPWH said that once fully completed, the motoring public can expect traffic relief by providing additional fix link and alternative route crossing the Pasig River using a new two-way four-lane bridge with a total length of 506.46 meters and width of 21.65 meters, having 3-meter sidewalks on both sides.
“When completed, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will have four lanes from the previous two lanes and will soon accommodate an average or 50,000 vehicles per day. It will also have bicycle lanes,” Villar said.
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is part of the EDSA Decongestion Program and is financed by a grant from the Peoples Republic of China.