DPWH prepares for next month's inauguration of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge

After some delays, the DPWH announces that the PHP 3.39-billion Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is all set for inauguration next month, April 2022.

Public Works Undersecretary, Emil Sadain, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Chief Implementer of flagship projects under BBB Program, visited the project on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, to gauge how the UPMO-Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) is coping with the target bridge inauguration by Holy Week this coming April. 

The bridge project features (2)-way four (4)-lane basket-handle tied steel arch main bridge that will not only cut travel time of approximately 30,000 vehicles daily between the two (2) busy districts of Intramuros and Binondo in Manila but will also become a new tourist haven in Manila.

With its location over Pasig River and dedicated pathways for pedestrians, joggers and bikers, it is expected that the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, once opened, will attract the selfie-stick tourists who normally flood every square inch of scenic spots in Manila especially during sunset time, said Sadain. 

Amid a cycling boom prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and desire to reduce reliance on cars amid the rising fuel prices, the PHP 3.39-billion bridge financed by grant aid from the People’s Republic of China has a protected pedestrian and bike lane.

The pedestrian and bike lane component is not just a safe and convenient option but is also a symbol of Philippine highway’s fully embracing low-carbon transportation for a sustainable future. 

In particular, the bike lane and pedestrian lane mean cyclists, pedestrians, as well as joggers, no longer must play chicken with motorized traffic for road space, added Sadain. 

To date, workers are doing the access ramps, installation of inner and outer guard rails and light posts, repainting of steel components, and other miscellaneous activities.