Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to open in July – DPWH
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 provides slope protection in slide-prone road in Ilocos Sur
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of a new slope protection structure along a portion of Tagudin-Cervantes Road in the Municipality of Suyo, Ilocos Sur.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar reported that the 85-meter shotcrete-sprayed concrete on the landslide-prone road section in Barangay Man-Atong provides protection for travelers.
“We are confident that this new structure will minimize roadway cuts and stabilizes the slope especially during this rainy season, therefore ensuring safety of motorists and unimpeded delivery of agricultural produce,” he said.
The said project involves the construction of shotcrete with reinforcing fiber (wire mesh) along Tagudin-Cervantes Road.
The DPWH also said that the slope protection can provide unhampered delivery of of medical and other essential services especially during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. AAC
Duterte inaugurates Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (July 30) inaugurated the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge cuts travel time between the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati to five minutes. It is one of the two bridges funded by a grant of the People’s Republic of China and is expected to accommodate about 50,000 vehicles daily. The bridge would also help in addressing traffic congestion.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that the department, as well as, other government agencies, doubled their efforts and continued their work in completing the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge despite the difficulties and challenges faced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The President expressed his appreciation for the Chinese government’s generosity in funding the construction of this new bridge that has not only improved mobility and connectivity but also enhanced the resilience against natural disasters. AAC
DPWH to conduct weekend road reblocking in parts of Caloocan City, QC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWG) will undertake reblocking and repairs on the following roads starting 11:00 PM on Friday (July 30).
The affected roads are:
-EDSA Caloocan (Southbound) before Mariano St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
-Congressional Avenue near corner Ayshire St., Bahay Toro (1st lane)
The affected roads will be fully passable by 5:00 AM on Monday (August 2).
The DPWH advises motorists to take alternate routes instead on the duration of the road reblocking activity.