Commuters and motorists in the Rockwell area may have noticed an increase in traffic over the past day or two. Well, this is because the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is now closed, and a new one is on the way--in about three years.
Bummed? If yes, here's something that might make that pill a little easier to swallow: When the 506-meter bridge is finished by 2020, it will be able to serve 1.3 million cars per day.
"The construction of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is part of the Metro Manila Logistics Network--a traffic management master plan created to decongest Metro Manila by adding 12 additional bridges crossing Pasig River, Marikina River, and Manggahan Floodway," said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary Mark Villar.
"The alignment caters to about 1.3 million vehicles daily - almost three times its current capacity. There is a need to address the gap if we are serious in solving traffic," Villar added.
The new Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is just one of the numerous bridge projects in the DPWH's pipeline. Others include the Palanca-Villegas Bridge, Beata-Manalo Bridge, Blumentritt-Antipolo River, J.P. Rizal-Lopez Jaena Bridge, Marikina-Vista Real Bridge, and Mercury-Evangelista Bridge. All in all, a total of 10 bridge projects have completed feasibility studies.
Villar added that the 633-meter Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City is 13.79% complete. It is scheduled to be completed by June 2020.
Only time will tell if Metro Manila's current traffic nightmare is worth the wait. Hopefully, the answer is a resounding yes.