MANILA, Philippines — The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong will be opened to vehicular traffic in July, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the bridge rehabilitation project is 89 percent complete and final works are now taking place on the bridge deck.
The bridge was closed in 2019 to undergo rehabilitation. The old temporary steel truss bridge was replaced with a prestressed concrete rigid frame bridge (with V-shape piers) having a four-lane concrete deck slab 506.46 lineal meters in length.
From the old two-way bridge with single lane per direction, the DPWH said a modern infrastructure is about to be completed that will soon be able to accommodate around 50,000 vehicles per day and decongest EDSA traffic.
With the substructure and superstructure completed, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office Operations Emil Sadain said activities now shift focus on the ancillary works on sidewalk for pedestrians and bikers, bridge lighting system, and construction of approach road at both Makati and Mandaluyong sides.
An estimated 20 percent of vehicular traffic at EDSA will be reduced when the BGC’s Lawton-Sta. Monica Bridge opens by June and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge by July, the DPWH said.
The bridge project connecting Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City is one of the two China-grant bridges in Metro Manila.