The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge has been opened for public use today (July 30) after its inauguration on Thursday (July 29) led by President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Together with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, the President unveiled the bridge’s marker in Rockwell, Makati yesterday. 

The bridge connects the business districts of Mandaluyong and Makati, which cuts travel time to only 12 minutes from the previous half-hour trip. 

The new pathway, built over the Pasig River, will serve 50,000 vehicles daily and is expected to ease traffic congestion along EDSA. 

The bridge cost P1.46 billion and was funded through a grant from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). 

It’s one of two bridges financed by the PRC with the other one being the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge in Manila – to be finished by the end of the year. 

The new Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge features four lanes, two for each direction, and a wider sidewalk. 

The Bridge’s construction began in January 2019 under the DPWH Unified Project Management Office Operations headed by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain.

Here’s what it looks like now!

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