DPWH: 2 China-funded bridge projects start next year
The construction in Metro Manila of two state-of-the-art bridges financed by China is set to begin next year, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Philippine and Chinese government leaders have signed the implementation agreement for the Binondo-Intramuros and the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge projects, following the ceremonial launch in Malacañang led by President Duterte and visiting Chinese Premier H.E. Li Keqiang.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar signed the agreement on Nov. 15 with Deputy Director General Zeng Hua of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
The construction of the bridges is expected to be completed in 2021, Villar said in a statement on Thursday.
Costing P4.607 billion, the Binondo-Intramuros project is an 807-meter steel bow-string arch bridge with intersecting reclining arches connecting Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando Street).
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, on the other hand, is a P1.367 billion four-lane bridge which would replace the old two-lane bridge in the area.
“The project will increase the road network capacity connecting Rockwell Center, Makati, and Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong and will reduce traffic that occurs at the six-lane approach road at Estrella Street in Makati and the intersection at the Barangka side in Mandaluyong,” Villar said. —TINA G. SANTOS
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