Rehab works on Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to commence Jan. 19

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2019   •   2258

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge over  Pasig River in Makati City | Photo by: Judgefloro
Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge over Pasig River in Makati City | Photo by: Judgefloro

MANILA, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the rehabilitation of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 19 after being put on hold for several times.

The structure connects Estrella in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.

The plan to rehabilitate the bridge has been deferred three times already.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the structure is just seven years old and based on its original design, it only has a 25,000 carrying capacity.

However, there are at least 35,000 vehicles plying the bridge every single day which have caused its pavement to weaken and be at risk of collapse.

“Bukod sa paluluwangin, tinitignan din namin yung preparedness nito sa the ‘big one’ na sinasabi ng Philvocs na diyan sa Mandaluyong area eh pine-predict ang intensity,” said DPWH project manager Toyet Castillo.

The DPWH plans to add two more lanes to the bridge’s existing two so that more vehicles will be able to ply on the bridge.

There will also be expansion of the sidewalks and strengthening of its foundation.

The project costs P1.47 billion but the government will not shoulder any amount since the overall fund is a grant from China.

The bridge will be temporarily closed to motorists for a period of three years.

For this reason, motorists are advised to take an alternative route.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees heavy traffic situation especially in Makati because of the bridge’s closure.

“Dati ang average niyan para makatawid ka sa bridge mga 10 minutes lang nandoon ka na sa kabila. Kapag nagsara iyan, mga 30 minutes, kasi iikot ka pa. Pero I doubt it, baka 1 hour,” explained MMDA general manager, Jose Arturo Garcia.

The MMDA is now coordinating with the traffic bureaus from Makati and Mandaluyong to help clear the roads that will serve as alternative routes for motorists.

Aside from the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge, the MMDA also plans to begin the rehabilitation of Guadalupe Bridge in Makati and Lambingan Bridge in Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge set to be completed by end of July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is set to be completed by end of July, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The P1.46-billion bridge project will have four lanes crossing the Pasig River in Metro Manila. It connects Estrella Street in Makati on the south bank of the Pasig River, and is connected to Pantaleon Street in Mandaluyong City.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar reported that the finishing works is underway for the said project.

Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain said that complete layers of asphalt concrete base, binder and wearing course on the 146 meters main bridge and 66 meters Makati approach bridge are almost done.

“Having put up the upper layer, bridge expansion joints are now being installed to allow for continuous traffic between the bridge and the interconnecting abutment structures. These expansion joints are designed to adjust the bridge length accommodating movement or deformation by external loads, shrinkage, or temperature variations,” according to the DPWH.

Villar said that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the construction activity of various flagship infrastructure projects but the department remains focused in delivering completion and opening of the bridge. AAC

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to open in July – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

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.

50 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal POGO operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020

Fifty Chinese nationals were arrested by the Makati City Police on Monday (July 6) for working in an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm.

The Makati City Police conducted an operation in Barangay Pio del Pilar after receiving complaints from residents about an illegal gambling operation.

NCRPO director Police MGen. Debold Sinas said various electronic devices including laptop computers, cellphones, and wifi routers were seized in the operation.

The arrested Chinese nationals will face various charges, such as violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, violation of RA 10176, and violation of article 515 in relation to RA 11332, as well as the city’s general community quarantine guidelines. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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