After almost four years of construction, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, which is among the many flagship infrastructure projects by the Duterte administration, will finally be finished this 2022.
According to a recent announcement released by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger Mercado, the bridge is just a few months away.
In his latest report to Mercado, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil Sadain said the infrastructure is progressing without problems and will debut sometime this coming Holy Week.
“At 92 percent, we are rushing to finish the soon to be one of newest landmarks in Manila with its iconic basket-handle tied steel arch,” Sadain shared.
“By March, the contractor will begin the final retouching of the steel arch bridge and asphalt will be laid on the concrete slab so we are hoping for continued good weather,” he added.
Once completed, it will link San Fernando Street in Binondo to Solana Street and Riverside Drive in Intramuros. The 737-meter bridge will have a total of four lanes and a distinct bowstring arch.
It’s also expected to reduce congestion in Manila, which has been a recurring problem in the city.
Like the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, which opened in July last year, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is financed through an Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation signed by the Philippines and China in 2017.
Here’s what it looks like now:
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Image credit: DPWH