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DPWH REJECTS APPEAL NOT TO CLOSE ESTRELLA-PANTALEON BRIDGE



The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has maintained that it will push through with the 30-month closure of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, known as the Rockwell bridge that connects the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong.

This is despite the objection of Senator Grace Poe during her interpellation on the DPWH’s budget, Monday.

The lawmaker underscored that its closure will have great impact to many.

For Poe, she is not convinced that the country needs the bridge's rehabilitation without other detour routes for the passengers and drivers at the moment.

On the other hand, Senator Loren Legarda says otherwise.

Legarda thinks there is a need to rehabilitate and expand the bridge as it already exceeded its serviceable capacity.

The lawmaker further explained that the average daily traffic reaches 35,000.

She emphasized that the bridge was designed for 22,000.

Hence, she said, the addition to the serviceable capacity of the bridge.

According to Legarda, the continuous increase of traffic volume creates more stress to the structure which maybe aggravated by the occurrence of high intensity earthquake scenarios and public safety.