The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has stressed that the past few months of hampered construction works due to the COVID-19 pandemic will not push back the completion dates of the Estrella-Pantaleon and Binondo-Intramuros bridge projects.
In a statement, DPWH head Mark Villar said that the two projects are “right on schedule,” with the new Estrella-Pantaleon and Binondo-Intramuros bridges crossing the Pasig River scheduled to open in December 2020 and March 2021, respectively. In addition, the agency released renders of the two bridges, showing off their modern designs. You can check them out below:
“Although we have other urgent projects during this time of pandemic, we want to ensure everyone that these bridge projects are being rushed for completion to serve the public,” Unified Project Management Office undersecretary Emil Sadain said.
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, which is currently undergoing pouring of its foundations, is 56% complete as of this writing. The Binondo-Intramuros bridge, meanwhile, is 36% complete. The DPWH is now working on the down ramp of the Binondo side, with the bridge’s main steel frame expected to be installed in September 2020, the agency adds.
Resumption of construction works on DPWH infrastructure projects kicked off in May 2020, following months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 quarantine. Upon their completion and opening, the two new bridges are expected to ease traffic along EDSA and other major roads by providing an alternative route for crossing the Pasig River.
Frankly, the latest renders released by the DPWH look promising. Hopefully, the final products won’t stray too far from the images we see here. Are you excited for these two projects to be completed, and do you think the DPWH will meet its deadlines for the completion of these bridges despite Metro Manila’s current health crisis? Let us know in the comments.