Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge seen to decongest EDSA as it caters to 50,000 vehicles daily

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) said the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong, which is set to open in July, is expected to accommodate about 50,000 vehicles daily.

The P1.46-billion bridge should help decongest EDSA, the capital region’s main thoroughfare, the department said in a statement.

“From the old two-way bridge with single lane per direction, a modern infrastructure is about to be completed and will soon be able to accommodate around 50,000 vehicles per day and decongest EDSA traffic,” the department said.

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

“It is estimated that about 20% of vehicular traffic at EDSA will be reduced when the Lawton-Sta. Monica Bridge opens by June and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge by July,” it said.

The project is among the 14 agreements signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s state visit to Manila in November 2017. — Arjay L. Balinbin