DPWH eyes completion of Binondo-Intramuros bridge by December

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) – Motorists can access the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge in Manila by December this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways confirmed on Tuesday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the access ramps in the China-funded bridge are being constructed.

Undersecretary Emil Sadain said the project is already 70% complete, including the main bridge and the steel arch and support steel bowstring over the Pasig River.

Sadain added the fabricated steel box girders for the viaduct and ramp over Estero de Binondo will arrive from China in August.

The bridge that will connect the two historic districts in the country's capital is expected to accommodate around 30,000 vehicles per day. It is also seen to decongest traffic in the Jones, Delpan, and MacArthur bridges.

Sadain admitted in a Senate hearing in October 2020 that 45% of the workers in Binondo-Intramuros Bridge project are Chinese. China allotted ₱3.39-billion for the construction of the bridge, a part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Program to solve the traffic gridlock in the region.