The BGC-Ortigas Road Link is one of the most awaited projects that motorists are looking forward to as this would help ease traffic in the Metro. Last June 12 Independence Day, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has officially opened the 440-meter Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge. This September, the DPWH is planning to open the Lawton Avenue-BGC Viaduct.
Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil Sadain has reported that the 565-meter Lawton-Global City Viaduct has already been constructed until the Kalayaan Avenue intersection.
The viaduct structure from Lawton Avenue, which will connect Pasig and Makati to the entrance of Bonifacio Global City is set to be completed and open to motorists at the last quarter of 2021, the earliest estimated time is September 2021.
The bridge is a huge part of the BGC-Ortigas Center Road Link project, a P1.8 billion project of the current administration under its “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program. Said project also includes the rehabilitation and widening of Brixton corner Reliance Street to Fairlane Street and the 8th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City.
Other parts of the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, including this Lawton Avenue-BGC viaduct and the finishing construction of the 125-meter upward and downward ramps at Kalayaan Avenue intersection, are being constructed simultaneously and will be connected to BGC’s 8th Avenue.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the agency is now in the final stages of completing the entirety of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Center Link Road Project.
Once completed, the Road Link Project can accommodate around 20 percent of the traffic volume of EDSA and C-5 Road, while the Kalayaan Bridge is expected to smoothen the traffic flow of the BGC and Ortigas business districts. This project is expected not only to decongest the traffic especially during rush hours but also to help motorists travel efficiently from city to city.