Makati recently opened the spanking new Paseo de Roxas-Villar Underpass and its looking very pleasant. The passage connects the northern portion of Ayala Triangle Gardens—where the iconic Tower Two is located—to posh Salcedo Village. The name of the underpass is from the streets at each of its endpoints – Paseo de Roxas on the side of Ayala Triangle and Villar Street on the opposite end.
Construction of the underpass began in 2019. With its completion, pedestrians can now have a safer and more pleasurable walking experience while crossing Paseo de Roxas, while allowing for improved vehicular traffic along the main road. The underpass also provides another access point to Ayala Triangle Gardens so that people who work in Salcedo Village can easily walk to this urban oasis for a mid-day break.
“The underpass is just another part of the series of projects to make Makati City a walkable city,” said Mayor Abby Binay who was present in the underpass opening. Infrastructures like the Paseo de Roxas - Villar underpass allow for greater pedestrian mobility which pushes Makati closer to becoming an ideal “15-minute city” where one can easily access a variety of establishments - supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, schools, offices - within a 15-minute walk.
“On behalf of the local government of Makati, we are one with the vision of Ayala Land to make Makati a beautiful, walkable, peaceful, and safe city that everybody would want to live in,” continued the Mayora. Reps from the Makati Central Estate Association (MACEA), together with Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) joined Binay during the opening rites.
The Paseo-Villar underpass is just one of the revitalization projects that will be completed in the Makati Central Business District within the next few months. Other projects awaiting completion include the Tower Two and more civic spaces at Ayala Triangle Gardens, a performing arts theater, several mobility programs which include bike lanes, and the redevelopment of Jaime Velasquez Park.