Back in April of last year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the PhP3.39-billion, China-funded bridge will be open sometime in the Q4 of last year to serve approximately 30,000 motorists daily.
Unfortunately, the relocation of utility lines from MERALCO has caused some project delays and the bridge will have to open sometime between January and March of 2022. After being delayed twice, the DPWH is optimistic that the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge can be opened by Q2 of this year, in April to be exact.
According to the DPWH, who inspected the work progress yesterday, the bridge is about 90% complete now and could be open to motorists by Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022.
Access ramps are simultaneously being constructed on both the Binondo and Intramuros sides, and the utility lines that delayed the project last year have been already fixed by the utility operators and their contractors.
The new Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is a 680-meter, basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that will soon connect Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando Bridge) areas with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo. It is financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China.
Once completed, the bridge is expected to not only cut travel time between the two busy districts but also move approximately 30,000 vehicles daily off of the existing bridges along the Pasig River in Manila.