(SPOT.ph) Roxas Boulevard, thanks to its proximity to Manila Bay, is often used by trucks to transport heavy loads to and from our ports. It's also often used as an alternative route, especially for motorists in the Manila area. But the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced on December 15, Wednesday, that the entire southbound side of this thoroughfare needs to be closed to vehicular traffic for two to three months. This is to give way to the rehabilitation of a damaged old drainage structure in front of Libertad Pumping Station in Pasay City. But they have yet to give an exact date on the closure.
“Heavy vehicles and trucks traversing the major thoroughfare have contributed to the damage of the drainage culvert overtime. There is a danger that the drainage structure, constructed in the 1970s, would collapse, so rehabilitation must be done immediately,” said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos during the inspection.
The close, according to MMDA's statement, would allow the Department of Public Works and Highways to construct an efficient drainage system leading to Libertad Pumping Station, preventing flooding in surrounding areas.
“The Department of Public Works and Highways said they have to rehabilitate the drainage structure and close the entire southbound but give us three days to make a careful study of the impact of the possible road closure and make recommendations on how to divert the vehicles,” he added.
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