With much of the country put under quarantine for several months, the government’s measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected many lives and jobs, but infrastructure projects as well.
Nonetheless, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already gone back to work to continue some of the suspended construction projects.
One of its top priorities is the BGC Ortigas-Link Bridge project, originally set to open by June 2020. Since the DPWH resumed operations last May 15, it has moved its planned opening to April 28, 2021.
DPWH’s Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo said the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge project is "52% complete". While the target date of completion is April 28, 2021, the DPWH believes it may be complete as early as January 2021.
The agency plans to speed up the construction process by increasing the workers and scheduling additional shifts.
Inline with the IATF-EID’s recommendations, the DPWH has provided lodging facilities for the workers working on the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge. This was done in order to keep construction workers safe from the virus, housing them closer to their place of work, reducing the need to commute, and minimizing their exposure to other people. DPWH has made the same arrangement for workers assigned to the NLEX Harbor Link project.