Expect Heavy Traffic in Manila City for the Next Few Months

The MMDA will be implementing several bridge repairs in the city.

(SPOT.ph) Traversing the Metro's roads is already challenging in itself, and expect traffic in Manila City to get even more intense over the next few months. The Metro Manila Development Authority announced on September 6 that it has given the Department of Public Works and Highways the clearance to begin road repairs on the Mabini Bridge and Nagtahan Flyover, restoration works on the Old Sta. Mesa Bridge (which connects the cities of Manila and San Juan). Road works and closures will begin on Saturday, September 15.

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According to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia, the Old Sta. Mesa Bridge will be closed for seven months and will be reconstructed in order to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project. The part of the bridge along N. Domingo Street will be demolished as well to make way for the barges carrying the equipment for the Skyway 3 project, adds Garcia. Around 8,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

On the other hand, the road repairs for the Mabini Bridge and Nagtahan flyover will last for four months, and will involve asphalt overlay and electrical works per lane. Around 37,000 vehicles pass through this area daily.

In order to lessen the expected traffic jams brought about by these repairs, contractors will only be allowed to do construction work from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Additionally, motorists are advised by the MMDA to avoid the affected areas and take the following alternate routes:

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  • Felix Manalo Street or Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City
  • Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City
  • F. Blumentritt Avenue, Manila City

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