Motorists, This Newly Renovated 50-Year-Old Bridge Is Finally Open

The Otis Bridge was closed for repairs in June 2017.

(SPOT.ph) After over five months of rehabilitation, the 50-year-old Otis Bridge in Manila is finally open to motorists again. Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar on December 4 led the inauguration of the reopened bridge, which connects Paco to Pandacan. It was closed in June for reconstruction due to its “poor condition,” but was opened in time for the holiday rush and to help ease the traffic that comes along with it.

Only light vehicles can pass through the bridge for now. The bridge was considered a major pathway for vehicles carrying cargo from the Port of Manila, with 6,000 trucks using it daily prior to the rehabilitation. The bridge was ordered closed by the Metro Manila Development Authority on the advice of the disaster risk reduction council.

The Otis Bridge was due for renovation in 2016, but this is the first time the bridge has undergone any kind of maintenance or retrofitting since its construction in 1968. The closing of the bridge has caused traffic in its surrounding areas and the reopening is expected to decongest Osmeña Highway, Quirino Avenue, and United Nations Avenue.

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