P3.4B Binondo-Intramuros Bridge on track for Q4 completion

Progress on the construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
  • The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is on target for fourth quarter completion despite COVID-19
  • A two-way, four-lane project, the bridge is 60% complete
  • It will carry extra traffic of around 30,000 vehicles per day and ease congestion between Binondo and Intramuros
  • Also for completion this year are the Estrella Pantaleon Bridge and Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge

The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is 60% complete and is on track for completion by the fourth quarter of the year despite COVID-19 pandemic-induced challenges, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, in a statement, said efforts to speed up work on the P3.39-billion bridge are ongoing.

Public Works undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office-Operations Emil Sadain said that as the 70-meter main bridge with steel arch and support steel bowstring is being pushed from pier 4 to pier 5, the temporary platforms will be removed within a two-week period to lower the main bridge to its final position.

The project is part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Program to address long-time traffic gridlocks on major roads by constructing new bridges crossing Pasig and Marikina Rivers, and Manggahan Floodway.

The four-lane, two-way Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project features a basket-handle-tied steel arch bridge measuring 680 lineal meters in total length. It will connect the historic district of Intramuros on Solana Street and Riverside Drive with the bustling district of Binondo on Rentas Street/Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria. The bridge will also have a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.

The design of the arch bridge conforms to new seismic design specifications and climate change considerations, DPWH noted.

The project is being implemented by the agency’s UPMO-Roads Management Cluster 1 and project contractor China Road and Bridge Corp., with funding from a Chinese grant.

The bridge will improve 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 the Binondo and Intramuros. It will also extend the life of the existing Jones, Delpan and MacAthur bridges by decongesting traffic, thus reducing bridge maintenance cost requirements.

Other than the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, DPWH-UPMO Operations targets the delivery of a fully completed Estrella Pantaleon Bridge, which will connect Makati and Mandaluyong, by the third quarter.

The office also eyes the delivery of the full completion of the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, a component of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Project connecting business districts of Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City.