Heavy traffic looms as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) braces for the rehabilitation of the third level of the Magallanes Interchange.
DPWH National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando said the Magallanes Interchange has to be rehabilitated to restore its integrity after a defect was found on the third level.
Tagudando said the DPWH will begin implementing the project a few weeks after the World Economic Forum (WEF) or towards the end of May.
He added that the project will possibly last until February next year.
“There are cracks in the concrete on the third level, and the expansion joints need to be repaired. We will put in carbon fiber, reinforcement polymer fiber and asphalt overlay,” Tagudando said.
He said motorists passing through the North and South bound lane or the riding public who will taking the route of Cubao to EDSA and EDSA to Cubao may be affected.
The project, which has P140-million budget, will be made by the contractor JD Legaspi, Tagudando said.
The Magallanes Interchange is a four-level partial turbine interchange in Makati.
It serves as the junction between the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
In 2010 the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) closed down the outer lanes of the interchange after they discovered several pipe leaks under it.
However, it was reopened in 2011.
Tagudando said work on the Magallanes Interchange will be done in the evening.
Repairs will be made one lane at a time. “While we are repairing one lane, the other will be open to the public,” he said.
The project will take eight months but Tagudando said the duration of the project can be trimmed down if they do not encounter any problems.
The Magallanes Interchange was built way back in 1970s.