The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced the opening of the reconstructed Sevilla Bridge crossing the San Juan River.

Featuring four lanes, the Sevilla Bridge connects Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City, and P Sanchez Street in Sta Mesa, Manila.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said: “Now that the new Sevilla Bridge is open to the travelling public, it should help decongest traffic in Metro Manila and benefit the daily motorists.”

The bridge re-construction works included 56.76 linear meters single span with a total width of 19.40m. It features a 7.65m carriageway, a 1.5m sidewalk and a 1.1m centre island.

Reconstruction works were executed in partnership with San Miguel (SMC).

The bridge initially opened on 26 June for the lanes going to Shaw Boulevard, with the opposite end lanes completed after one week.

Villar added: “The reconstruction of Sevilla Bridge also helps in ensuring the smooth flow of water in the San Juan River where it stands, resulting to flood mitigation in the area especially during the rainy season.”

In another development, DPWH announced that the Sta Monica-Lawton Bridge, said to be one of the key components of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Road Link Project, is nearing its completion stage.

The 1.367km BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project is part of the massive Build, Build, Build programme.

Once completed, the bridge should reduce travelling times between Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas business districts.

Villar further added: “The BGC Ortigas Link Bridge Project is only one of 22 projects aimed at decongesting EDSA and C5. 2021 will be a gamechanger. The bridge, which is part of the Metro Manila Logistics Network, will also include a bicycle lane.”