The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) unveiled on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 the construction of a road link between the commercial district of Ortigas Business Center, Pasig City and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
In a groundbreaking ceremony at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo D. Lim, and Mayor Maria Laarni L. Cayetano led the laying of capsule to usher the start of P1.6 Billion Bonifacio Global City (BGC) – Ortigas Center Link Road Project.
Also in attendance were DPWH Undersecretaries Raul C. Asis, Karen Olivia V. Jimeno, and Emil K. Sadain, Assistant Secretary Eugenio E. Pipo, DOTR Undersecretary Reinier Yebra, Makati City Mayor Mar-len Abigal Binay, BCDA Vice President Joshua Bingcang, Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. Commercial Operations Head Manuel Blas II, DPWH Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo, and District Engineer Roberto Nicolas.
The 961.427-lineal meter Bonifacio Global City – Ortigas Center Link Road Project involves the construction of a 4-lane Sta Monica to Lawton Bridge across Pasig River connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City and a viaduct structure traversing Lawton Avenue onwards to the entrance of Bonifacio Global City.
Villar said that today’s (July 19, 2017) event is one (1) of the many groundbreaking and inauguration ceremonies for new infrastructure projects as the country ushers in the Golden Age of Infrastructure in the next five (5) years of the President Rodrigo R. Duterte administration.
The Bonifacio Global City (BGC) – Ortigas Center Link Road will lead to the improvement of accessibility between the Cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Taguig and Makati
“Once completed by March 2020, travelling between the central business districts of Taguig and Pasig Cities will only take 12 minutes and traffic congestion at EDSA and C-5 Road particularly along Guadalupe Bridge and Bagong Ilog Bridge will be alleviated by about 25 percent,” Villar added.
The project will be under the supervision DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) headed by Undersecretary Sadain and Project Director Castillo of DPWH implementing unit Roads Management Cluster I-UPMO and with its partner contractors Persan Construction Inc. and Sino Road and Bridge Company Limited Inc.
Other than the Sta Monica to Lawton Bridge component of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) – Ortigas Center Link Road Project, DPWH has identified the construction of 12 new bridges crossing the Pasig-Marikina River and the Manggahan Floodway as an urgent priority to provide fixed links over these rivers that will increase the road network capacity in Metro Manila.
Two (2) of the bridges namely construction of state-of-the-art Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantelon Bridges in Manila and Makati/Mandaluyong will be constructed under full grant financing of the Republic of China.
Other planned bridges are the North and South Habor Bridge, 2nd Ayala Bridge (Carlos Palanca-San Marcelino, Beata-F.Y. Manalo Bridge (Pandacan-Sta. Ana), F. Blumentritt-Antipolo Bridge, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, Kabayani-Katipunan Bridge, Reposo-Guatemala Bridge, J.P. Rizal-Yale Bridge, G. Gabriel St.-Mercury Ave. Bridge, East Bank-West Bank Bridge 1, and East Bank-West Bank Bridge 2.