The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will lead the construction of 12 bridges that will cross Pasig River as part of efforts to decongest existing road networks in Metro Manila. When completed a total of 40 bridges crossing Pasig River will be available for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar told ANC’s Headstart today that one of the bridges, the one connecting The Fort and Ortigas will break ground this week. This is a four-lane bridge with provisions for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We also want to focus on people who walk, who use bikes, for the environment and also to service people, we want to just make a more conducive environment,” Villar explained.
“With regards to the bridges across Pasig, we are starting our first [this week], we’re gonna ground break three this year,” he added.
“We have approximately 28 now, when we finish we will have 40,” he said. “We will be building a minimum of 12 bridges across the Pasig River.”
He added they already started and gone through the whole procurement process with construction time of about 2 years.
Two of the bridges will be funded and built by China. These are the state-of-the-art Binondo-Intramuros Bridge in Manila and Estrella-Pantelon Bridge in Makati/Mandaluyong.