DPWH: Construction of two China-funded bridges along Pasig River to begin next week

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Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announces the various projects in the pipeline under the “Build! Build! Build!” program during the DuterteNomics Forum at Conrad Manila in Pasay City on April 18, 2017. Presidential Photo

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