UPDATED: Two-Year Closure of Rockwell Bridge Starts on January 19
Commuters, brace yourselves!
(SPOT.ph) It looks like we're starting the year with more traffic jams, no surprise there. In an advisory on Friday, January 10, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced that the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge (a.k.a. Rockwell Bridge)—which connects Makati City to Mandaluyong City—will be closed to traffic starting on January 19. This is to make way for the infrastructure's reconstruction and expansion from two to four lanes.
The project was initially scheduled for September 2018, but it was postponed after motorists complained about the two-day heavy traffic caused by the road closure. A previous advisory from the Metro Manila Development Authority announced the scheduled closure to be on January 12 but the date was pushed back for another week.
No exact date was announced for its reopening, but the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that the bridge widening will be completed in 2021. According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) estimates, the closure is expected to divert about 100,000 vehicles to Guadalupe Bridge.
The construction will be funded by loans from the People's Republic of China with Chinese firms CCCC Highway Consultant Ltd and China Road and Bridge Corporation doing the engineering design and civil works, respectively. This grant also allows China and its own construction firms to reconstruct the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge over Pasig River.
UPDATE (January 11): This article has been updated to make way for the changes in the scheduled closure of the bridge. The project's construction was previously announced to begin on January 12.