The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) says the construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is right on schedule, and could be opened to motorists anytime in the fourth quarter of this year.

This PhP3.39-billion bridge project will connect the busy Binondo area to the historic walled city, Intramuros, over the Pasig River. The new bridge is expected to serve 30,000 vehicles daily, and will also decongest the existing Jones, Delpan, and MacArthur bridges, thus lowering their maintenance costs.

In his briefing, undersecretary for UPMO Operations, Emil Sadain, explained that the 70-meter main bridge with steel arch and support steel bowstring is being pushed from pier 4 to pier 5. After, the temporary platforms will be removed within two weeks period to lower the main bridge to its final position. The project’s overall progress is about 60% now.

The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project involves the construction of a basket-handle tied steel arch bridge with a total length of 680 meters connecting the historic district of Intramuros at Solana Street and Riverside Drive with the bustling district of Binondo at Rentas Street/Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria through a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo.

The design of the arch bridge — which symbolizes the friendly cooperation between the Philippines and China — conforms to new seismic (earthquake proof) design specifications and climate change considerations.

The design and construction of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge, as well as the ongoing Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Makati/Mandaluyong, are funded by a grant from China and considered the first-ever infrastructure partnership project under the present administration between the Filipinos and Chinese.