The Philippines is no stranger to heavy traffic. In fact, its highly urbanized center, Metro Manila, has become so familiar with congested roads that it’s regularly included in the list of cities in the world with the worst traffic. 

And it’s always at the top at that, ranking fourth in the world in 2021.

For this reason, the current administration is investing in the construction of lasting transport infrastructures to help quell heavy traffic inside the city – like the Ortigas Flyover.

Built three decades ago, the three-level partial stack interchange placed between Mandaluyong and Quezon City still stands today, easing overcrowdedness along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). 

Who commissioned it?

The construction of the Ortigas Flyover was approved by then-President Corazon Aquino on January 11, 1991. It’s considered the flagship infrastructure project of her administration. 

Who built it? 

The groundbreaking for the three-level partial stack interchange was observed on April 1, 1991. The F. F. Cruz and Co., one of the Philippines’ largest construction companies, was tasked to construct the flyover under the watchful eye of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

When was it opened? 

The Ortigas Flyover became fully operational the same year, opening on December 23, 1991. 

Why was it built? 

The need to address the heavy traffic along EDSA, whose roads were already severely congested at the time, served as the primary impetus for the construction of the Ortigas Flyover.

How much did it cost? 

The construction of the Ortigas Flyover cost Php 400 million. 

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