THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) said Wednesday the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge project, which connects the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong, will be opened to motorists this week.

“Despite the challenges, DPWH delivered its commitment for the July opening of the modern Estrella Pantaleon Bridge,” the department said in a statement.

The P1.46-billion project is expected to help decongest traffic on the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

It is one of two grant bridges — the other one is Bonifacio Global City’s Lawton-Sta. Monica Bridge — from China implemented by the department.

The bridge is expected to accommodate about 50,000 vehicles daily.

It is also among the 14 agreements signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s state visit to Manila in November 2017.

“The four-lane bridge project has 50.5 meters approach road on Estrella Street, 66 meters Makati approach bridge, 146 meters main bridge and 243.96 meters approach road at Barangka Drive connected to Pantaleon Street in Mandaluyong City for a total length of 506.46 meters,” the department said. — Arjay L. Balinbin