Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger G. Mercado declared that Binondo – Intramuros Bridge Project is the next flagship infrastructure project of DPWH – Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations that will be completed soon.
In his report to Secretary Mercado, Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain said that works at the Binondo Intramuros Bridge Project are progressing well and on track for the planned opening this 2022 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” said Undersecretary Sadain.
Undersecretary Sadain, Chief Implementer of flagship infrastructure projects under Build Build Build program, inspected the on-going bridge construction on Thursday, February 10, 2022 with Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista and Project Manager Melchor Kabiling of DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 and reminded anew the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation, of the project’s target opening.
Completing the up and down ramps at Binondo and Intramuros has been a priority.
The ramps at Binondo side are located at Muelle dela Industria Street for up-ramp and at Rentas Street and Plaza del Conde Street for down-ramp.
Also on-going are the construction of ramps at Intramuros side with up-ramp at Riverside Drive and down-ramp at Solana Street.
Just like the steel arch main bridge, the girders of the ramps are made of fabricated steel members done internationally in Shanghai delivered in the Philippines in several delayed shipments because of the pandemic.
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, added Undersecretary Sadain.
The ₱3.39 Billion project is financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China.
Under similar grant, DPWH UPMO has completed in 2021 the new Estrella – Pantaleon Bridge included in the Metro Manila Logistics Network connecting the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati.
The project supports the traffic decongestion program of the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration.