The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to begin the construction of two China-funded bridges along Pasig River by next week.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar told reporters during an inspection of the site on Wednesday the groundbreaking for the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridges will be in a week.
“Next week we will be groundbreaking kasama si Pangulo [with President Rodrigo R. Duterte]. After groundbreaking, tuloy tuloy na po ang construction [After groundbreaking, construction will commence],” he said.
Mr. Villar said construction of the two four-lane bridges is priced at about $70 million.
“The two China Grant-Aid Bridges are financed by the People’s Republic of China through a bilateral cooperation with the Republic of the Philippines,” DPWH said in a statement.
The DPWH has set a two-year construction period for the project. After which, it will be opened to service motorists along Binondo and Intramuros.– Denise A. Valdez