Interchange repair divides MMDA, DPWH

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It looks like the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are not on the same page as far as scheduling the repair of the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City is concerned.

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Reynaldo Tagudando, DPWH National Capital Region director, wants work on the interchange to start immediately, citing the danger it poses to motorists if it is not patched up.

Tagudando said that the safety of the interchange has been compromised with cracks on its lanes and concrete disintegration.

“There is an urgent need for the repairs as motorists will be exposed to danger. It is not reliable anymore,” he said.

But MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino insists that the repair of the interchange should start after DPWH finishes its one-time reblocking of EDSA, scheduled to be carried out during the Holy Week.

“The problem is sequencing. Repairs can wait because it is still passable. What we would ask the DPWH is for them to start the repairs after the Holy Week,” said Tolentino, who is worried that carrying out the two road projects simultaneously would create a traffic logjam on EDSA.

Tagudando said the interchange project must start today, Saturday, since they have been given the go-ahead by the MMDA.

“We want to start the rehabilitation this coming Saturday. Actually we already have the approved permit. Chairman [Tolentino] asked us to delay it but I am appealing to him that we should push through with the repair,” he added.

Work on the interchange will involve asphalting the third-level flyover along EDSA and a second-level interchange from abutment to abutment, to be carried out in five stages.

A damaged expansion dam also needs to be replaced, and sections of the second-level interchange and the inner lane of the third-level flyover will need to be strengthened.
Repairs on the flyover, which was built in 1975, will take eight months.

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