(SPOT.ph) Following the partial opening of the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Bridge (a.k.a. Santa Monica-Lawton Bridge or Kalayaan Bridge) on June 12, the entire 1.48-kilometer BGC-Ortigas Center Road Link Project is finally inaugurated on Thursday, September 30. The infrastructure is supposed to decongest Metro Manila's major thoroughfares like EDSA and C-5. It's also expected to reduce travel time between BGC and Pasig City from one hour to only 12 minutes, according to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
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Construction of the BGC-Ortigas Road Link Project commenced in October 2017. It involves the rehabilitation and widening of the 362-meter stretch from Brixton Street to Fairlane Street in Pasig City, construction of the four-lane bridge stretching over Pasig River, and linking of Lawton Avenue in Makati City to Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City. The most recent additions include a two-lane 565-meter viaduct component, which connects Lawton Avenue to the entrance of BGC at 8th Avenue through up and down ramps; as well as asphalting works and installation of lampposts.
"With the opening of the entire BGC-Ortigas Road Link Project, we are seeing signifcant traffic decongestion, or as much as 20% traffic volume from nearby Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue and C-5 Road sections," Villar said in a statement.
In July, a photo of a rather steep stairway leading to the bridge made the rounds online. It appears that pedestrians crossing Pasig River this way will be in for quite a climb. There are also narrow sidewalks on the main portion of the bridge, which begs the question whether the BGC-Ortigas Road Link Project is pedestrian-friendly.
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