The rehabilitation of the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City was deferred anew by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino turned down the appeal of the Department of Public Works and Highways National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) to push through with the rehabilitation of the flyover.
Tolentino maintained that the the interchange repair should start after the DPWH has finished its reblocking work in Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa).
“The problem is the construction of Skyway 3 will be heading towards Magallanes area on April 15. There will be effects in the traffic so I suggest that let us finish the road reblocking first,” the MMDA chief said.
Reynaldo Tagudando, director of the DPWH-NCR earlier appealed to the MMDA to allow them to start work on the flyover. The rehabilitation involves asphalt overlay, removal and replacement of damaged expansion dam, strengthening/retrofitting of the deckslab (soffit) of the second level of the interchange and the inner lane of the third-level flyove (Pasay-bound).
The repair is expected to take eight months.
Meanwhile, local governments affected by the infrastructure projects have mapped out traffic management plans.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said to ease traffic flow in areas affected by the construction of the Skyway 3, the city plans to utilize for traffic rerouting and diversion certain streets of Barangays San Isidro, San Antonio, Poblacion, Bel-Air, Bangkal, Santa Cruz, Palanan, Olympia, Pio del Pilar and La Paz.