The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to defer repair work on Dario bridge along EDSA, Quezon City.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the DPWH has not enough trained traffic flagmen to assist in traffic management at the area.
Tolentino also cited the lack of traffic directional signage and sufficient public information campaign in asking for the postponement.
“We believe it would be better if DPWH will postpone the repair works at Dario bridge because of lack of preparations. We don’t want to cause unnecessary inconvenience to the public if we cannot implement the necessary traffic alleviation measures,” he said.
Repair on the bridge, located near the intersection of EDSA and Congressional Avenue, is set on Saturday. The DPWH-Quezon City Engineering District said the foundations of the 60-year-old bridge have weakened.
Construction works will require the closure of at least three lanes on the northbound section of EDSA, from the corner of Fema Road to the bridge’s span.
DPWH has advised northbound motorists to take Mindanao Avenue, Congressional Avenue or Mendez Street en route to Quirino Highway.
Tolentino also called on the DPWH to put on hold the scheduled repair and rehabilitation of Magallanes flyover in Makati City.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO