Ayala bridge opening delayed

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THE reopening of the Ayala bridge in Manila will be delayed because its rehabilitation will only be finished two days before Christmas Day, or on December 23, 2015.

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On Sunday, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) again closed the bridge upon the proposal of its project consultant, Freyssinet International Manila Inc., which suggested that the pavement be further improved to ensure the integrity of the bridge.

The move irked Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, who said that the agency was not informed of the bridge’s closure.

“They didn’t consult us for the closure and we want the French consultant for the project to explain on this matter,” said Tolentino.

The MMDA chief noted that the rehabilitation and the repair of the bridge should have been finished last July. He also expressed fears that the bridge’s closure will affect the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in November.

Ricardo de Vera, DPWH project engineer, said one lane on each side of the bridge will be opened to light vehicles on October 1.

Areas to be affected by the bridge closure until October include major thoroughfares such as Quezon Boulevard, United Nations Avenue, Taft Avenue, Legarda Street, Quirino Avenue, Recto Avenue, Magsaysay Boulevard, and Roxas Boulevard.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes: going southbound toward Otis or Pres. Quirino Avenue: from Magsaysay Blvd., Legarda St. and Lacson Ave., use Nagtahan or Mabini Bridge, turn right at M. Guanzon St., go straight toward UN Avenue and onward to destination. From P. Casal St., turn right on Carlos Palanca Road going to McArthur Bridge and onward to destination.

Going northbound: From Romualdez St., turn left on Ayala Blvdl, right on Taft Ave., and straight to Quezon or Jones Bridge onward to destination.

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