BGC-Ortigas Road Link offers alternate EDSA C-5 route, to reduce travel by 11 minutes

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The BGC-Ortigas Road Link is reportedly 45% competed and will be finished by 2021. Photo from DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Center Road Link, anticipated to reduce travel time between the Taguig and Pasig business centers to just 11 minutes, is reportedly 45% completed and is on track for completion by 2021.

Touted as a “Traffic Game-Changer”, the BGC-Ortigas Center Road Link is a Php 1.6-billion road project that aims to decongest traffic from EDSA and C-5 and improve accessibility within the central business districts of Metro Manila.

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The project will be linking Taguig and Pasig to ease traffic woes of motorists and commuters in Pasig, Mandaluyong, Taguig, and Makati.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar inspected the project on February 7, 2020, and afterwards announced that it will reduce travel time to just 11 minutes between Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas Central Business Districts while offering an alternate route.

“This will serve as an alternate corridor from EDSA and C-5 along the section of Guadalupe Bridge and Bagong Ilog Bridge, eventually allowing more economic opportunities for our ‘kababayans’,” Villar said in the DPWH report.

DPWH says it is also in close coordination with respective stakeholders to address issues on road right-of-way (ROW) and relocation of utilities that hampered the progress of activities.

The project involves construction of the following:

  • four-lane Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge across Pasig River connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati and Sta. Monica Street
  • rehabilitation and widening of Brixton to Fairlane Street in Pasig City
  • construction of the 565-meter Lawton Avenue to BGC viaduct that will traverse Lawton Avenue onwards to the entrance of BGC

The BGC-Ortigas Road Link is implemented by DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO)- Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) under Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain and Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo.

More road projects around Metro Manila are being completed, among them, the Skyway Stage 3 that is anticipated to cut travel time to and from Buendia and Balintawak to just 15 minutes when it is finished by July this year.

In the meantime, commuters could also use point-to-point buses that have been deployed in EDSA to ease traffic congestion on Metro Manila’s Highway.

Faster travel for Laguna and Manila commuters is also possible with new railway trains and routes set up by the Philippine National Railways.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below commuters between BGC and Ortigas and on EDSA and C-5 for this upcoming relief from traffic!

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