Magallanes interchange to be closed for 10 days

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Part of the southbound lane of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) will be closed for 10 days for repairs to give way to the repair of the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City.

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Traffic Engineering Center
(TEC) Director Neomi Recio said the Alabang-bound portion of the expressway coming from Manila towards the interchange will be closed.

Work on the expressway is expected to last until the end of the year.

The start of the 10-day closure will be announced after the proper permits are issued by Makati government, which has jurisdiction over the area.

“This southbound lane of SLEX will be closed as soon as the DPWH [Department of Public Works and Highways] secures the appropriate permits from the city government of Makati,” Recio said.

Once the lane is closed, all southbound and northbound traffic will be diverted to the service road.

Recio said a concrete wall blocking a big portion of the service road has to be removed first to clear more space for vehicles.

She said the wall should be torn down to open up the service road for southbound vehicles.

In a related development, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has approved the request of DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson to extend the working hours of repair works at the Magallanes Interchange to 24 hours during Sundays.

This was agreed after Singson met with Tolentino.

Repair work at the interchange is limited from 12 midnight to 6 a.m. to minimize its impact on traffic, especially during the morning rush hour.

DPWH said the 24-hour work at the interchange even during weekends will speed up the repair and rehabilitation of the aging structure.

The DPWH will also start road reblocking and repairs in Quezon City Saturday night until Monday.

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