The Ayala Bridge in Manila will be partially opened to motorists this week, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) director Reynaldo Tagudando said that one lane on each side will be open to vehicles early morning of Monday, June 15.
“The contractors gave their commitment to open the bridge by 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. on Monday. Both sides, one lane each,” he said.
The DPWH official explained that there was a delay in the supposed opening of the bridge but since they involve safety issues, it was moved to this week.
“Work on the west side of the bridge is partially finished and is actually ready for use but work on the east side is still continuing. Construction equipment are parked on the west side. So for the safety of the motoring public, we decided to defer the opening,” Tagudando said.
He noted that no commitment has been given by the contractor as for the full opening of the newly-reconstructed bridge.
“Regarding the full opening of the bridge, they couldn’t give a commitment as they still have finish many things on the bridge like the installation of dampers, painting, post tensioning, drainage on the approach, it’s still ongoing,” Tagundando said.
He believes that the partial opening of the bridge will relieve traffic flow in the area.