Construction of the P5-billion Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros span will start next week to provide alternative links and ease traffic in the heavily congested areas in downtown Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced on Wednesday.
China has offered to fund the construction of the two bridges along Pasig River as a testament, according to government sources, to the two countries’ deepening ties often challenged by the unresolved South China Sea dispute.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction of the two would be financed by the People’s Republic of China through a bilateral cooperation with the Republic of the Philippines.
“The implementation of these bridges is scheduled to begin next week and will be accessible to the public by 2020,” Villar said.
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge will connect Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City. It has a road length of 506.46 meters.
On the other hand, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will have a road length of 734 meters, equipped with a four lane carriageway and a three meter sidewalk along both sides.
It will cross the Pasig River and will provide a new link between Intramuros and Binondo.
“These two bridges are a product of our partnership with the people of China. We are optimistic about this collaboration as they will be providing world-class bridges that will truly be beneficial for us Filipinos,” Villar said.
“The construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is part of our master plan to decongest other existing bridges. As a major component of this initiative, we plan to further increase the number of bridges nationwide and rehabilitate the older bridges to ensure public safety,’’ Villar added.
The two bridges are part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Network, a traffic management plan composed of 12 new bridges crossing Pasig River, Marikina River, and Manggahan Floodway.
The alignment caters to about 1.3 million vehicles daily and to provide alternative linkages between major thoroughfares, such as Edsa and C5.