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BGC-Ortigas link bridge 53% complete, on track for Q1 launch

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BGC-ORTIGAS link bridge as of June 24. — FB PAGE OF SECRETARY MARK A. VILLAR

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Tuesday that the P1.6-billion project that will connect Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and Ortigas Center is now about 53% complete.

“It’s at about 53% at this stage,” DPWH Build, Build, Build Chairman Anna Mae Y. Lamentillo told BusinessWorld by phone.

She said the project is targeted for completion by the first quarter of 2021. “But I think we might be ahead of schedule.”

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar has said traveling between the central business districts of Taguig and Pasig Cities will only take 10 to 12 minutes once the project is completed.

Congestion on EDSA and C-5 Road, particularly along Guadalupe Bridge and Bagong Ilog Bridge, will be reduced by about 25%, he added.

The BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, which was started in July 2017, involves the construction of a four-lane bridge across the Pasig River connecting Sta. Monica Street in Pasig City and Lawton Avenue in Makati City, as well as a viaduct traversing Lawton Avenue to the entrance of BGC.

Public and private construction projects have been allowed to resume under more relaxed forms of community quarantine, but workers must be housed and fed onsite and observe physical distancing rules, among other requirements for construction work during the pandemic.

Mr. Villar’s Department Order 35 sets rules for carrying out infrastructure projects during the pandemic.





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