MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is on track to deliver the Lawton Avenue to Global City viaduct section of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Center Road Link Project by end of 3rd Quarter this year.
Secretary Mark A. Villar said that construction of viaduct and approach 3 along BGC’s 8th Avenue is now at an accelerated pace to meet the September completion target.
This project will soon provide motorists a much different travel experience between Ortigas and BGC, added Secretary Villar.
Secretary Villar together with Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain and UPMO-Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) Project Director Benjamin Bautista and Project Manager Ricarte S. Manalac made an inspection of the project on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
According to Undersecretary Sadain, DPWH has already completed the deck slab of main viaduct from pier 13 to pier 22 while installation of deck slab reinforcements at pier 22 to abutment 3 including median, sidewalk and parapet reinforcements are on-going.
Although community quarantine is in place, DPWH and contractor Persan Construction Inc. has continued the work along the stretch of 8th Avenue from the Kalayaan Avenue intersection taking into consideration the construction health and safety protocols, said Undersecretary Sadain.
Construction of retaining and MSE wall for the 155 meter approach 3 are also on-going with the underground utilities of Meralco along 8th Avenue already relocated.
Once the Lawton Avenue to the Global City Viaduct section is fully completed, it will provide direct access from Ortigas Center heading towards the Kalayaan Bridge to Bonifacio Global City.
The entire 1.481-kilometer BGC-Ortigas Road Link Project, composed of the Kalayaan Bridge which was opened last June 12 and the improvements at Brixton and Fairlane Streets, and the Lawton Avenue – Global City Viaduct, is expected to reduce travel time between BGC and Ortigas Center from a one-hour trip to 12 minutes. (DPWH)