THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday announced that the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge is all set for partial opening on June 12, Independence Day.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that it’s all systems go for the June 12 opening to vehicular traffic of the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge, the new bridge across Pasig River and a major component of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Center Link Road Project.
“As promised, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City leading to Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City will be connected to Pasig City/Mandaluyong City by the Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge on the historic day our nation commemorates the 123rd Independence Day,” he said.
Villar stressed that with this bridge, BGC will be connected to Pasig City/Mandaluyong City by a travel time of 12 minutes.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the DPWH Unified Project Management team led by Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain with UPMO-Roads Management Cluster 1 OIC-Project Director Benjamin C. Bautista and Project Manager Ricarte S. Mañalac worked hard to meet the construction schedule.
At present, safety checking with final finishing touches on the four-lane 440-meter bridge are being conducted by DPWH to ensure that its quality and finish conform to the safety standards before opening it to the motoring public.
Besides this bridge, the P1.79-billion BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project also involves rehabilitation and widening of the 476.58-meter Brixton (corner Reliance Street) to Fairlane Street and 232.34-meter BGC 8th Avenue; construction of 125-meter upward and downward ramps at Kalayaan Avenue Intersection; and construction of Lawton Avenue-Global City Viaduct.
Persan Construction Inc., which formed a joint venture with Sino Road and Bridge Group Company Ltd. and supported by consultants DCCD Partners and Pertconsult International, is committed to complete towards the last quarter of 2021 the viaduct structure traversing Lawton Avenue to the entrance of BGC.
The BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road is one of the major Build, Build, Build projects that supports the EDSA Decongestion Program, which aims to improve the traffic situation along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
It has been designed and built to accommodate an estimated 20 percent of the traffic volume of EDSA and C-5 Road.