MANILA - The elevated walkway in the central business district of Makati City is now the country's longest elevated pedestrian walkway with the inauguration of the De La Rosa Elevated Walkway.
The extension, which connects V.A. Rufino to Salcedo Street, brings the total length of the walkway to 1.1 kilometers long.
The De La Rosa Elevated Walkway has served hundreds of thousands of pedestrians since it was first built from Enterprise Center in Paseo de Roxas to Greenbelt. Now that the walkway has been connected to Ayala Center, commuters can now walk from the Ayala MRT station all the way to Makati Medical Center without worrying about the sun and rain.
"The walkway offers workers, residents, and transients safety, comfort, convenience and protective cover on their short trips to the commercial center and back. There are many benefits to walking, and savings on gas and the vehicle’s wear and tear. Reduced vehicular traffic in the district will also have a positive impact on the environment,” Makati Commercial Estate Association (MaCEA) president David L. Balangue said.
According to MaCEA, the 305-meter De La Rosa Elvated Walkway was built at a cost of P110.6 million over a year and eight months.
It also said that a total of P497 million has so far been invested in the city's pedestrianization program.
A primary mover in the district's development, MaCEA is composed of all the property owners within Makati Central Business District (MCBD). It is expected to invest around P150 million for the project in 2017.
"We envisioned the program as a network of tri-level pedestrian pathways composed of underground passageways, on-grade covered sidewalks, and elevated walkways,” Balangue said
"Ultimately, it will encourage motorists to leave their cars and join the pedestrians on short trips to the commercial center and back, which is the core objective of the pedestrianization program," he added.
Aside from the elevated walkway, MaCEA will also be implementing sidewalk enhancements for De La Rosa and Valero streets, among others. A covered walkway along Valero, V.A. Rufino and De La Rosa streets near Makati Medical Center, and a pedestrian crossing at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue are also under construction.
MaCEA will also be redeveloping Legazpi Village and Washington Sycip parks, and will be upgrading existing facilities in the area.