Close to 35,000 vehicles will be affected daily by the closure of the Ayala Bridge in Manila, which will be undergoing a one-month rehabilitation starting March 21, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Friday.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that about 34,400 cars pass the structure everyday.
Of the figure, about 18,200 vehicles pass by the southbound lane of the structure headed toward the University Belt while 16,200 vehicles make use of the northbound direction going to Taft Ave.
With this, the MMDA has advised owners of northbound vehicles to take Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd., right to Taft Ave. and take Quezon Bridge or Jones Bridge to get to their destination.
Those coming from Roxas Blvd. and Taft Ave. should take Quezon or Jones Bridge toward Quezon Blvd. to get to their destination.
For southbound (via Otis or President Quirino) vehicles coming from Magsaysay Blvd., Legarda St. and Lacson Ave., they may take Nagtahan/Mabini Bridge, right at M. Guazon St. (Otis), straight to U.N. Ave. to their place of destination.
Another option is for vehicles from Magsaysay Blvd., Legarda St. and Lacson Ave. to Nagtahan/Mabini Bridge straight to President Quirino (vice versa).
For those coming from P. Casal St., they should turn right at Carlos Palanca St. toward MacArthur Bridge to their place of destination.
On Friday, the MMDA conducted clearing operations along Carlos Palanca St. since it would be used as the temporary road for vehicles, particularly buses and pedicabs that would be affected by the closure of Ayala Bridge.