Ayala Bridge rehab faces delay

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THE rehabilitation works on Ayala Bridge in Manila, scheduled for March this year, may not push ahead.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)  gave this warning, citing the absence of a traffic management plan by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the DPWH has yet to present its traffic management plan for the Ayala Bridge rehabilitation.

Tolentino said the traffic plan has to be ironed out first with the city government of Manila  before any repair may be allowed to continue.

Tolentino said the rehabilitation work will require total closure of the bridge for three months to minimize  the impact on the public.

The MMDA earlier set a meeting with the stakeholders who may be affected by the bridge repair, which was originally scheduled for March 2 or 4.

One way to minimize its impact on traffic is to continue with the repair in summer during the school break, Tolentino suggested.

Major roads in the vicinity of Ayala Bridge that will be affected by the project include Quezon Boulevard, United Nations Avenue, Taft and Quirino Ave., Legarda, Magsaysay, Recto Blvd. up to Roxas Boulevard.

Meanwhile, the MMDA said the DPWH will undertake road reblocking and repairs starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb 27, until March 2.

The affected areas are Mindanao Avenue from Arty 2 to Old Sauyo Road, 3rd lane (northbound).

To be closed are the Batasan Road from DSWD to Payatas Road, 1st inner lane; along Congressional Avenue Extension from Tandang Sora Avenue to Luzon Avenue, 2nd lane; along C.P. Garcia Avenue from Velasquez Street to Katipunan Avenue, 2nd lane, all eastbound.

Emerson Carlos, assistant general manager for Operations of MMDA, said DPWH-National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando has recommended the reblocking and repair of the said areas this weekend for maintenance purposes.

All affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday.

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  1. It is not because of the absence of traffic management plan but it is more of, absence of funds because all the funds that the gov’t has and allocated for these projects are being reserved for the MILF.