Cool! Binondo-Intramuros Bridge linear park and pedestrian stairs now open

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The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge was first opened to the public in April of last year. Many have expressed that while it may help with vehicular traffic, the areas surrounding and under it would fall prey to disrepair and, well, let’s just say unsightly elements. The DPWH has proven that that is not the case, though, as they have just opened the new pedestrian stairs and the linear park connected to the bridge.

Binondo-Intramuros Bridge: still a pretty sight to behold

Binondo Intramuros Bridge Park Inline 01 Min

Photo: DPWH

It’s always nice to see continuous development after a main project has been completed. Less than a week ago, the DPWH formally opened the new pedestrian stairs that connect the bridge to a pretty green linear park to the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge. As parks go, a good number of patches of manicured grass can be found in the area, as well as paved roads and walkways, and benches for those who might want a bit of sitting space to just look at the Bridge and maybe people- or vehicle-watch.

Binondo Intramuros Bridge Park Inline 03 Min

Photo: DPWH

“The opening of pedestrian stairs built on three (3) locations will improve accessibility going to and from the bridge while the provision of linear park complete with benches and pavers can serve as a place for leisure, meetings, and recreational activities for people of all ages,” according to DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain.

“The provision of the riverside park in the steel arch bridge that links historic Intramuros to the business district of Binondo is a testament to DPWH’s commitment to incorporate green and open spaces in every quality infrastructure for the people,” added DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan.

Binondo Intramuros Bridge Park Inline 02 Min

Photo: DPWH

The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge connects San Fernando Street in Binondo and Muella de la Industria in Barangay San Nicolas, to Solana Street and Riverside Drive in Intramuros. The addition of these pedestrian-friendly facilities creates a safe space and a more accessible route for everyone, and it also provides a platform for alternative means of transport such as bicycles.

Now comes the part where various government agencies and the LGU will see to it that the attractions and facilities surrounding the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge are kept spick and span. We’d really hate to see areas like this go to waste needlessly. Safe, green spaces have become a luxury, especially in the City of Manila, and this is one that we’ll all need to take care of to enjoy.

Mikko Juangco
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