According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the new Santa Monica-Lawton bridge, or the BGC to Ortigas bridge, might open in May 2021. The said infrastructure is part of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project that aims to reduce travel time to both places.
The government agency is trying its best to fulfill its May 2021 target date to partially open the new bridge to motorists. According to the DPWH, the new infrastructure has already been completed, however, there are still some pending construction works needed to be finalized before the bridge could be used by motorists.
The four-lane, two-way bridge is aimed at significantly reducing travel time for motorists who wish to go to BGC from Ortigas or vice-versa. Travel times to and from Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Taguig cities are also expected to be shortened. The new bridge spans by about 1.367 km, and, from the usual one-hour drive, is projected to cut said average driving time to 12 minutes.
While the partial opening is targeted this May, the entire completion of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project is slated September 2021. The project is also seen to address the traffic congestion along EDSA and C5, with these thoroughfares projected to see less bottleneck traffic upon the project’s completion and opening.
The year 2021 seems to be one of the most progressive years when it comes to road constructions and related infrastructure work. Motorists will certainly welcome these developments, as they will surely benefit from the said projects. The bridge, in particular, will serve as a more seamless connection between the two aforementioned places, as well as among the other business districts. Traffic congestion on major roads are hoped to be reduced and alleviated because of this project.
Again, the DPWH’s target date for the partial opening of the BGC to Ortigas bridge is in May 2021, while the completion date is scheduled for September 2021.