Here’s some good news regarding the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) says that one of the project’s major components, the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, is set to partially open in May 2021.
DPWH officials inspect the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge as part of the BGC Ortigas Center Road Link Project
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, construction has already finished on the superstructure connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig. “With a few more finishing works, we’re very excited to partially open a new connectivity between Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas business districts by the second quarter,” he said.
The four-lane bridge was recently inspected by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Emil Sadain, UPMO Road Management Cluster 1 (RMC-1) Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo, Project Managers Benjamin A. Bautista and Ricarte S. Manalac. They were joined by Engr. Reynaldo S.L. Perez of Persan Construction, one of the contractors for the project.
Road widening works are also being undertaken
In his report to Secretary Villar, Sadain said that UPMO RMC-1 is also currently rehabilitating and widening Brixton Street at the corner of Reliance Street, going to Fairlane Street, with a total length of 476.77 meters. Preparations are likewise underway to install pilings at Bonifacio Global City for the Lawton Avenue – Global City viaduct, as well as road widening activities along 8th Avenue.
Part of the Metro Manila Logistics Network, the 1.36-km. BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road costs Php 5.7 billion and is expected to cut down travel time between the two business districts from one hour to 12 minutes. When completed, the project aims to improve accessibility between the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig, Taguig, and Makati, as well as relieving the traffic congestion along EDSA and C-5.
The DPWH is gunning for a September 2021 completion date
The infrastructure project broke ground in 2017, with construction halted for two months in 2020 due to COVID-19. Since then, the DPWH has been working round-the-clock to achieve the original completion date of September 2021.
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Joseph Paolo Estabillo