Goodbye to EDSA? Two Pasig Bridges Are Officially Taking Shape

Check out the Pantaleon Estrella bridge and the BGC-Ortigas link!

(SPOT.ph) Spending an hour at the bottleneck that is the Guadalupe bridge isn't unfamiliar to Metro Manila's motorists. Still, there appears to be some hope! Two bridges spanning Pasig River are getting closer to completion amid the quarantine: The BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road and the Pantaleon-Estrella Bridge.

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Posted by PTV on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Pictures of the now-connected BGC-Ortigas were posted by PTV on September 9. The bridge is part of the  BGC-Ortigas Center Road Link Project that will connect the two major business districts. It will connect Lawton Avenue in Makati City with Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City—meaning motorists will no longer have to pass through the usually congested Kalayaan Avenue to get to EDSA and cross Pasig River. 

Once the project is complete, travel time between the cities of Taguig and Pasig will only take 12 minutes, according to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. Construction on the four-lane bridge was suspended for three months amid the quarantine but has resumed, reported PTV. Now with the bridge at 60% complete, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is aiming to have the link route opened in 2021.

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On the other side of the Guadalupe bridge, another connection is shaping up, too. The old Pantaleon-Estrella bridge, a.k.a. the Rockwell bridge, is being widened from two lanes to four. From the old capacity of 23,000 motorists, the DPWH expects the widening and rehabilitation to bring that number up to 36,00 motorists, said PTV.

A two-year closure was set for the Estrella service road starting March 2019 to make way for the rehabilitation. DPWH is also aiming to open it back up for use in 2021 and will ideally decrease the number of vehicles dependent on the sole EDSA connection. Fingers crossed 2021 will be our year!

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