Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to open in July – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021   •   227

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.

DPWH aims to complete España portion of NLEX connector before 2021 ends

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) aims to complete the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) connector before the end of 2021.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar conducted an inspection on Monday (May 17). He said that the construction is already 35% complete.

The NLEX connector will shorten travel time for vehicles plying NLEX and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

The initial five-kilometer has already been completed. The elevated expressway will also connect C3 Caloocan City to España, Manila.

“We can expect by this year at the last quarter this year mao-open na po ang España portion which is the 5-kilometer portion of the 9-kilometer alignment,” he said.

(We can expect that the España portion will be open this year which is the 5-kilometer portion of the 9-kilometer alignment)

The NLEX Connector is among the projects under the national government’s Build Build Build Program.

Once it’s completed, it can accommodate 35,000 motorists. From the previous 2-hour drive, traversing to NLEX and SLEX would only take 20 minutes. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

DPWH begins construction of mega modular hospital in Mandaluyong City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has begun the groundworks for the construction of the Mega Modular Hospital Project in Mandaluyong City.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction is to increase health care capacity and better serve the needs of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

He reported that the equipment and manpower are now working on-site for the construction of 11 cluster units of modular health facilities which will be located at the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) compound.

“We initiated the construction of the additional pop-up hospital to further augment the country’s healthcare facilities and ensure care is not hampered for Covid-19 patients and to protect the welfare of the Filipino people,” he said.

The project consists of eight cluster units of modular hospital with 176 total bed capacity. In addition, three cluster units of off-site dormitories will be built for hospital personnel and other health service frontliners. AAC

Skyway 3 Nagtahan exit ramps now open

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the Skyway Stage 3 have been formally opened to the public on Thursday.

In a statement, SMC President Ramong Ang said that with the opening of the Nagtahan exit ramps, motorists can expect to further cut their travel time to Manila. Even traffic congestion at major thoroughfares commonly used to access Sta. Mesa and other nearby areas, is seen to further ease.

SMC, which fully-funded 100% of the Skyway Stage 3 project, including the acquisition of right-of-way properties and reconstruction of public bridges, to ensure that no government funds or taxpayer money is spent on the project, officially opened the main alignment of the elevated expressway last January.

However, due to right-of-way issues, delivery of some access ramps had to come a little later.

“The concessionaire is taking advantage of the dry season to fast-track the completion of ramps as we want more motorists to reap the benefits of additional interchanges in between Buendia and NLEX,” DPWH Sec. Mark Villar said.

“The timely opening of all interchanges will also further reduce traffic along major NCR roads, most specifically Edsa, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue. Nagtahan, and Quirino Avenue,” he added.

Ang said the northbound ramps that are next to be opened include the Quirino exit (heading to Roxas Blvd.), Quirino entry, Nagtahan entry, E. Rodriguez Entry, and Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit. Meanwhile, southbound access points to be opened soon are the A. Bonifacio entry, Sgt. Rivera (C3) exit, Sgt. Rivera (C3) entry, and Quirino exit.

With the opening of the Nagtahan exits, operational access ramps of Skyway 3 now include: Northbound — Buendia (Zobel) entry, Quirino Avenue exit, Nagtahan exit, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, A. Bonifacio exit, and Balintawak exit; Southbound — Balintawak entry, Quezon Avenue exit, Quezon Avenue entry, E. Rodriguez exit, Nagtahan exit, Plaza Dilao entry, and Buendia (Zobel) exit.

Recently, SMC also opened the four-kilometer northbound section of the Skyway Extension project from Susana Heights to Sucat, allowing motorists from provinces south of Metro Manila to directly access the Skyway System without having to go through the Alabang viaduct.

“With the recent opening of Skyway Extension project, motorists from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite now enjoy the convenience of seamless travel to many points in Metro Manila, all the way to NLEX. With work on the southbound section now at an accelerated pace, we are closer to fully realizing seamless connection between southern and northern Luzon,” Ang said.

The opening of the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 reduces travel time from Buendia to Balintawak in just 20 minutes, and Alabang to Balintawak in only about 30 minutes.

The Skyway Stage 3 and the Skyway Extension project are part of SMC’s 38-kilometer elevated Skyway System, which aims to reduce traffic congestion along major thoroughfares including EDSA, and provide a seamless link from the South Luzon Expressway to the North Luzon Expressway.

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