Amidst the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has vowed to complete construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge within this year.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the contractor of the project, China Road and Bridge Corporation made efforts to speed up work progress to ensure that the P3.39 billion peso project will be completed by this fourth quarter.
Villar, upon personally inspecting the project, disclosed that significant progress was observed in the construction of the two-way, four-lane bridge which will soon become iconic infrastructure in the City of Manila.
He said that the 70 meter Main Bridge with steel arch and support steel bowstring is being pushed from pier four to pier five, and the temporary platforms will be removed after two weeks to lower the main bridge to its final position.
The project’s overall progress is about 60 percent.
The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project involves the construction of basket-handle tied steel arch bridge with a total length of 680 lineal meter connecting the historic district of Intramuros at Solana Street and Riverside Drive with the bustling district of Binondo at Rentas Street/Plaza del Conde Street, with Muelle dela Industria having a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.
The design of the arch bridge which symbolizes the cooperation between Philippines and China conforms to new seismic design specifications and climate change considerations.
Design and construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge as well as the ongoing Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati/Mandaluyong are funded by a grant from China and considered the first ever infrastructure partnership project under the present administration between the two countries.
The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will improve the capacity and efficiency of the road transport network in Metro Manila by providing additional fix links and additional routes crossing the Pasig River.
Upon completion, it will carry extra traffic of around 30,000 vehicles per day and ease the traffic congestion between Binondo and Intramuros.
It will also extend the life of the existing Jones, Delpan, and MacArthur bridges by decongesting traffic, thus reducing bridge maintenance cost requirements.
The project is part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Program to address the long-held dilemma of traffic gridlock in major roads by constructing new bridges crossing Pasig and Marikina Rivers, and Manggahan Floodway.
Other than the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) targets completion of the Estrella Pantaleon Bridge connecting Makati and Mandaluyong as well as the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, a component of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Project connecting business districts of Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City, by the third quarter.
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