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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that despite the constraints following the present pandemic situation, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will be completed this year.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar made the announcement following the inspection last Thursday (April 15).
According to Villar, the DPWH Unified Project Management Office-Roads Management Cluster 1 (UPMO-RMC 1) and contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation are speeding up work progress on to ensure that the P3.39-billion project will be completed by the fourth quarter.
It can be recalled that, based on earlier pronouncements made by the department, the project is targeted for completion by September this year.
In his briefing to Villar, Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil Sadain explained that as the 70-meters main bridge with steel arch and support steel bowstring is being pushed from Pier 4 to Pier 5, the temporary platforms will be removed after within two weeks to lower the main bridge to its final position. Currently, overall progress on the project is at about 60 percent.
The soon-to-be completed bridge project involves the construction of a basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that connects the Intramuros at Solana Street and Riverside Drive with Binondo at Rentas Street/Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria having a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.
The arch bridge design conforms to new seismic design specifications and climate change considerations.
Upon completion, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will able to carry extra traffic of around 30,000 vehicles per day and ease the traffic congestion between the Binondo and Intramuros.
Other than the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, DPWH-UPMO Operations targets to deliver the full completion of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Makati and Mandaluyong by the third quarter and Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, a component of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Project connecting business districts of Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City.
Photos from Department of Public Works and Highways