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Construction works on flagship projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways have resumed (DPWH) in the National Capital Region.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, in a report to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, said civil works have resumed for the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project with the DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) operations strictly implementing construction safety guidelines.

To keep construction sites operating as safely as possible, Villar earlier issued Department Order 35 which provides the framework and guidance for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution No. 34 dated May 8, 2020 also gave the green light to resume some construction projects but with strict compliance to DPWH guidelines.

Construction activities have also restarted at Estrella-Panteon Bridge Project connecting Makati City and Mandaluyong City and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge in Manila which are 54% and 32% completed, respectively.

With progress of work for BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project at 51%, DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 and the contractors have agreed to follow a catch up plan in the recovery of lost time when work was suspended on March 17, 2020 due to implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

DPWH said its contractors are ready to ramp up work accomplishment in order to finish significant components of the project, particularly the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge by December 2020, said Sadain.

The 440-meter Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge Project is a four-lane bridge across Pasig River connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City.

Launching at rebar cage of reinforcement steel to support superstructure of the 565-meter viaduct traversing Lawton Avenue onwards to BGC entrance started May 13, 2020 followed with concrete pouring activities to take advantage of the less vehicular traffic while Metro Manila is under modified ECQ.

The BGC-Ortigas Center Road link will serve as an alternate route for motorists looking to travel from Ortigas central business district in Pasig to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and vice versa.

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