April 5, 2022
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inaugurated the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project which provides faster connectivity between Manila’s two (2) busiest districts, thereby easing traffic congestion in the City of Manila as more people return to on-site work under new normal conditions.
In his keynote speech, President Duterte lauded the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for its crucial role, as well as its partners, in the completion of the bridge.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, you have all remained devoted to connecting people and places by completing this project,” the President said.
The PhP3.39 billion bridge was funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China through a PhP5.27 billion grant for the construction of two (2) bridges spanning the Pasig River agreed upon during President Duterte’s visit to China in 2017. The other bridge was the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge which was completed in July 2021.
“I also thank and with gratitude the People’s Republic of China for the confidence and for being a partner in enhancing key infrastructure projects in our country,” President Duterte added.
He noted that the infrastructure achievement gives Filipinos a chance “to experience economic growth and enhanced productivity” and looks forward “towards greener, more sustainable and climate change-resistant infrastructure.”
The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is a two-way, four-lane, 680-meter long structure that links Intramuros at Solana Street and Riverside Drive, and Binondo at Rentas Street, Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria, with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.
Expected to benefit approximately 30,000 passing motorists daily, the project also features a bicycle lane with thermoplastic road lines and protected sidewalks on both sides.
As part of the overall Metro Manila Logistics Network, a total of 12 bridges are being eyed over Pasig River, Marikina River, and the Manggahan Floodway, three (3) of which were completed, five (5) under procurement, three (3) under financing negotiations with China, and one (1) under a private initiative.
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