The ongoing construction of Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project could possibly open to the motoring public in the first quarter of year 2022.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) operations Emil K. Sadain said that the ₱3.39-Billion bridge project across Pasig River financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China is about 81 percent in work progress.
Under the leadership of Undersecretary Sadain, the DPWH UPMO – the office that handles large-scale infrastructure programs of the Department under foreign grants – has, over the years, delivered flagship projects that redefined travel experience across the country’s scattered archipelago.
The new Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is a 680-meter, basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that will soon connect Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando Bridge) areas with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.
Undersecretary Sadain personally met and discussed on-site at Binondo on Friday, September 8, 2021 with Project Manager Jose Vitorio Arataqiuo of Meralco the DPWH request for immediate reorientation of 37 KV and 115 KV high tension cables alonside Estero de Binondo near San Fernando Bridge affected by the construction of north downramp at Binondo side and the electrical posts for downramp at Intramuros side.
Activities are also ongoing for the massive foundation of up-ramp in Magallanes-Riverside Drive and down-ramp in Solana Street at Intramuros side and up-ramp at San Fernando Street.
Undersecretary Sadain said that progress of work will hasten with the expected arrival by this 3rd week of October of the steel box girder component for the ramps fabricated in Shanghai, China.
Once the supply of fabricated girders arrived, immediate launching will be done on our completed piers and the already available precast slab will be installed to complete the ramps, added Undersecretary Sadain.
Considered one (1) of the flagship infrastructure projects of DPWH under the Build, Build, Build program funded by Official Development Assistance, the project is expected to not only cut travel time between the two busy districts of Intramuros and Binondo in Manila but also benefit approximately 30,000 vehicles daily.
The project is implemented by DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 headed by Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista with direct construction supervision of Project Manager Melchor Kabiling.