by Betheena Kae Unite
The construction of a road that will cut travel time between the commercial district of Pasig City and Taguig City to just 12 minutes was unveiled Wednesday.
The P1.6-billion road will connect the Ortigas District Center in Pasig to the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said the project will improve accessibility between the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Taguig and Makati.
“Once completed by March 2020, travelling between the central business districts of Taguig and Pasig Cities will only take 12 minutes and traffic congestion at EDSA and C-5 Road particularly along Guadalupe Bridge and Bagong Ilog Bridge will be alleviated by about 25 percent,” Villar said.
The 961,427-meter road involves the construction of a four-lane Sta. Monica to Lawton Bridge across the Pasig River connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City and a viaduct structure traversing Lawton Avenue onwards to the entrance of Bonifacio Global City.
Villar said the project will be under the supervision of the DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain and Project Director Virgilio Castillo of DPWH implementing unit Roads Management Cluster I-UPMO.
The project contractors are Persan Construction Inc. and Sino Road and Bridge Company Limited Inc.
Villar also said also to be built are 12 new bridges crossing the Pasig-Marikina River and the Manggahan Floodway.
Two of the bridges – the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantelon Bridges in Manila and Makati/Mandaluyong – will receive financing from China.
Also in the planning stage are: North and South Habor Bridge, 2nd Ayala Bridge (Carlos Palanca-San Marcelino, Beata-F.Y. Manalo Bridge (Pandacan-Sta. Ana), F. Blumentritt-Antipolo Bridge, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, Kabayani-Katipunan Bridge, Reposo-Guatemala Bridge, J.P. Rizal-Yale Bridge, G. Gabriel St.-Mercury Ave. Bridge, East Bank-West Bank Bridge 1, and East Bank-West Bank Bridge 2.
Villar together with Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vivencio Dizon, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim, and Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Cayetano led the groundbreaking ceremony.