More bridges across Pasig River in DPWH pipeline 

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has announced that additional bridges would be soon put up across the Pasig River to further decongest traffic in Metro Manila.

“We can expect the bridges across Pasig river to follow, these are the big-ticket projects of EDSA decongestion,” Villar said in a recent Facebook post.

He said several undertakings that will help lessen or end traffic woes along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will also soon be inaugurated as part of the government's decongestion program, expected to be finished in the first month of the year.

He said among the projects under the program was the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 project, which was partially opened on Dec. 29, 2020 and will be fully operational on Jan. 14, 2021.

To recall, Villar and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon Ang led the event last Tuesday, where motorists were able to access the elevated expressway for free for a month.

The DPWH chief said the project, linking the northern and southern portion of Metro Manila will reduce the usual two-hour travel from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)s to only 30 minutes. Makati to Quezon City will only be 20 minutes away.

The Skyway Stage 3 is an 18-km. elevated expressway spanning from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

Early this year, two-big ticket projects under the Edsa decongestion masterplan was also completed: the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, a 5.58 km, 6-lane divided elevated expressway utilizing the existing PNR railroad tracks connecting McArthur Highway, C-3 road in Caloocan and Malabon, and the NLEX Harbor Link R-10 Exit Ramp — a 2.6km, 4-lane elevated ramp which connects Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela to Manila.

Villar added that the other projects that are expected to be finished soon are the BGC-Ortigas Link Bridge, the Pantaleon Estrella Bridge, the Binondo Intramuros Bridge, among others.

“The BGC bridge, Estrella-Pantaleon bridge will soon be finished. So in 2021, we assured that these big-ticket projects of President Duterte will be inaugurated,” he said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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