Ayala Bridge in Manila will be closed to traffic for a month starting March 21.
On Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) gave the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the go-signal to proceed with rehabilitation work on the bridge.
According to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, he approved the month-long closure of Ayala Bridge as requested by DPWH, which is rushing to complete its repair in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
The MMDA is anticipating heavy traffic in areas affected by the closure of the bridge. These include major thoroughfares such as Quezon Boulevard, United Nations Avenue, Taft Avenue, Legarda Street, Quirino Avenue, C. M. Recto Avenue, Magsaysay Boulevard and Roxas Boulevard.
“I am appealing to motorists for patience. They should avoid the area as much as possible and take alternate routes instead,” Tolentino said.
The rehabilitation and repair of the bridge started in May last year and is expected to be completed by July.