The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced two road projects aimed at decongesting traffic in the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila.
Beginning June this year, DPWH will construct a four-lane underpass along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., which would run under the intersection of Makati Ave. and Paseo de Roxas.
The DPWH is expecting to finish the project in November next year at an estimated project cost of P 793.20 million.
Funds will be supplied by the national government, the department said.
“[The] decongestion of traffic in the intersections of Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati Ave. and Paseo De Roxas caused by the big volume of vehicles coming from EDSA [Epifanio de los Santos Avenue] and Kalayaan Ave.,” the DPWH added.
The project will help reduce traveling time and operating cost of the vehicles; improvement in air quality of the environment; and a boost to job generation and a vibrant economy primed by infrastructure spending, the department said.
The underpass will be 600 meters long while the approaches will be 280 meters long.
On Tuesday, the DPWH presented its project before the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The agency is also constructing “a segmental cast-in-place P.C. Box Girder, including temporary steel bridge at both approaches with its length of 468.45 linear meters.”
The project cost, to be shouldered by the government, is reportedly P1.7 billion.
It said that the project will help “improve the accessibility between Ortigas Commercial Business District in Pasig City and the Global City of Makati and the decongestion of the perennial heavy traffic in EDSA and C-5.”
The DPWH expects the project to be completed in 24 months, from September 2013 to September 2015.