Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar led on Monday, August 21, 2017 the ground-breaking ceremony to officially kick off the start of the P458 Million project for the widening of Fort Bonifacio - Nichols Field Road Phase 1 at the site near intersection of Bayani Road and West McKinley in Taguig City.
Together with Villar at the laying of capsule to usher in the start of road widening project are members of the Build, Build, Build team to include Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vince Dizon, DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, DPWH Undersecretary Dimas Soguilon, and DPWH National Capital Region Director Melvin Navarro.
Villar said that the widening of Fort Bonifacio - Nichols Field Road otherwise known as Lawton Avenue, a tertiary asphalt road, is part of the DPWH traffic decongestion efforts by widening existing road network to improve road capacity.
Phase 1 of the road project will cover about 1.34 kilometer of the Lawton Avenue which has a total length of 3.54 kilometers that follows a part of the alignment of the old Nichols route running roughly southwest to northeast from the interchange of SLEX/Skyway to Fifth Avenue and Manila American Cemetery Memorial.
"While the construction of 2.68 lane kilometers of new concrete cement pavement at Lawton Avenue will bring inconvenience to travelling public, it is temporary and limited in duration which cannot outweigh benefit of new concrete road that ensures an economical, sound and more stable pavement structure with longer performance period", added Villar.
The provision of underground conduits for utilities and electrical facilities are also considered in the project design, scope, and costing considering its location at the BCDA area which adopts underground installation of utilities.
The widening of Lawton Avenue will also complement to the Bonifacio Global City – Ortigas Center Link Road Project, a priority project over Pasig River that will increase the road network capacity in Metro Manila which was formally started last July 2017.
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.
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.