The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has decided to restrict the Quezon Bridge in Quiapo, Manila to light vehicles after about 50 shanties under it were gutted by fire on Thursday morning.
The recommendation to forbid heavy vehicles was recommended by the DPWH National Capital Region office.
“We inspected the bridge and we decided to allow light vehicles for the meantime as a precaution and avoid further damage,” an engineer, who asked not to be identified, told The Manila Times.
A fire broke out Thursday wherein around 50 shanties, piled up like a two-story building, were gutted by fire. Three children suffered burns in their faces.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson ordered the checking of the bridge’s structural integrity and approved the recommendation to restrict the bridge to light vehicles while an assessment is being made.
“The bridge is open only to light vehicles so as not to put the lives of motorists and commuters at risk,” the DPWH advisory said.
Stockpiling of vehicles at the bridge is also prohibited.