DPWH defers completion of Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project to 2022

Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently announced that the P3.39 Billion Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project will be completed next year.

Deferring the supposed completion this month as earlier announced, the agency noted that the “new iconic bridge in Manila is set to open to motorists in the first quarter of 2022.”

In a statement, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar  said that the installation of fabricated precast concrete slab panels (which will serve as main bridge carriageway of the abovementioned project) is now nearing completion. 

Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project

According to Villar, the workers “have performed controlled precast slab installation process on the assembled steel beams of the steel arch bridge which has an already completed sling cable tensioning components.”

Meanwhile, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil Sadain was quoted in the statement as saying that the project is “about 77 percent complete” and that the agency is now “vigorously following up (the) request with Meralco to move or relocate distribution poles and overhead high-tension lines that pose serious safety concerns in the on-going construction of ramps in Binondo and Intramuros area.” 

The department shared that of 114 of the 135 bored piles for abutments, piers and ramps were already completed with the remaining 21 mostly at the Estero De Binondo area.

Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project

“The presence of power lines and other utilities along Estero de Binondo at the north approach bridge poses a serious challenges to the tight schedule to complete the new bridge,” the DPWH claimed.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the jobsite activity, the DPWH and contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation are taking proactive and preventive measures for workers in accordance with the construction health and safety guidelines issued by Secretary Villar especially with the heightened restriction because of so much transmission of the COVID-19 viruses and the Delta variant,” Sadain added.

Photos from Department of Public Works and Highways

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