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The bridge between BGC and Ortigas is almost complete

Less than a month to go before it opens

Once this bridge opens, commute times between Ortigas and BGC are expected to take 12 minutes. PHOTO FROM DPWH

There has been a lot of buzz around the Santa Monica-Lawton Bridge (also known as the BGC-Ortigas Bridge). It’s one of the many infrastructure projects from the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program that aims to reduce travel times between cities and decongest major roads.

You’ll find that this structure spans the Pasig River—connecting Lawton Avenue in Makati and Santa Monica Street in Pasig. According to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, it aims to cut the usual commute time between Ortigas and BGC down to 12 minutes.

The June 12 deadline seems ambitious, but DPWH says that it's doable. PHOTOS FROM DPWH

As someone who works in the Kapitolyo area, I often find myself accompanying the VISOR team to BGC for business and recreation. I also frequently pass by the area to head home via EDSA or C5—both of which are normally congested. The bridge’s opening will definitely be beneficial for my commute.

In addition, the new road will also be advantageous for cyclists as it is a shorter (and hopefully safer) route for those on pedal power (assuming there is a guarded bicycle lane). The bridge is currently in its final stages of construction with the goal of being open to the public on June 12. Hats off to DPWH for pushing forward with these projects.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.