Two Bridges, One Flyover in Manila to Undergo Restoration

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the rehabilitation of two major bridges and one flyover in the city of Manila this "ber" month, warning motorists and commuters of heavier than usual traffic in the affected areas.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said the agency has given clearance for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to start the restoration of the Old Santa Mesa Bridge and repair works of the Mabini Bridge and Nagtahan flyover starting September 15.

"The Old Sta. Mesa Bridge that connects San Juan and Manila cities will be closed for seven months," said Garcia, in a press briefing on Thursday.

The bridge's reconstruction is to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Stage 3 Project, an elevated expressway that will connect cities of Makati and Quezon, the official explained.

"The bridge along N. Domingo Street has to be demolished so that barges that will carry equipment for the Skyway 3 Project can pass the waterway," said Garcia.

To guide affected motorists, the MMDA posted signages to inform them of the alternative routes they make take: F. Manalo Street or G. Araneta/Aurora Boulevard, Libiran, Boni Avenue, F. Blumentritt Avenue. More than 8,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

Meanwhile, repair works for the Mabini Bridge and Nagtahan flyover will last for four months. The bridge and flyover's reblocking works involve asphalt overlay and electrical works per lane for 120 days.  An average of 37,000 vehicles is traversing the area daily.    

Contractors are allowed to work only during night-time, from 11 PM to 5 AM.

Garcia admitted that the projects would worsen traffic in Metro Manila, prodding them to intensify clearing operations on major thoroughfares and alternative routes (Mabuhay Lanes)

He advised motorists and commuters residing in Manila to allot longer travel time going to their destination with the impending restoration of the two bridges this "ber" month period when traffic is heavy. 

To intensify their campaign against illegal parking, Garcia said they will declare designated alternate routes as "no parking zones."

"No vehicle would be allowed to park on alternate roads during daytime," said Garcia.

He warned that vehicle owners would receive citation ticket for illegal parking should they defy the 6 am to 9 pm "no parking rule."

Bong Nebrija, MMDA's Task Force Special Operations Head, said they have started clearing illegally-parked vehicles and other obstructions on designated alternative routes ahead of the scheduled bridge works. 


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