MANILA — An official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that the full closure of the Ayala Bridge will be extended to another three weeks or until May 12.
DPWH-National Capital Region (NCR) Director Reynaldo Tagudando said the City of Manila and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been informed on the extension.
He said based on the contractor’s schedule, the bridge could be partially opened on May 12.
The bridge was supposed to be partially opened to motorists on April 20.
The DPWH official explained that the full closure of the bridge, which is undergoing rehabilitation, was extended due to the transfer of cable wirings by utilities, which were discovered under the approaches of the structure and that they will start with the lifting of the bridge.
“Pero tapos na ginagawa ng utilities so ngayon actually may lifting ng Ayala bridge, .7 cms… yun madami preparation dun maglagay bearing pad etc,” he said.
With this, he advised motorists to take alternate route and avoid areas near the rehabilitation works, which aims to restore the bridge’s structural integrity.
The restoration and the raising of the bridge started in May 2014 and is expected to be completed in July.
The Ayala Bridge connects the San Miguel District and Arroceros District of Manila City and was built in 1872.