The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced an advisory on Ayala Bridge Closure.
The rehabilitation and repair of the Ayala bridge started in stages in May last year and is targeted to be completed by mid 2015.
The schedule implemented for the lane reduction at Ayala Bridge in San Miguel, Manila was set on March 13 to March 16 during night time. This was on the urgent need of said bridge to undergo repair and rehabilitation.
“Night time repair works would comprise of gantry installation, side wall construction, blasting and other activities will be undertaken as part of the preparatory works for the Ayala Bridge rehabilitation”, according to Department of Public Works and Highways – National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) Director Reynaldo G. Tagudando.
Such activities would then necessitate the need of total closure of Ayala Bridge to be set on March 21 to April 20, 2015.
Of the total 12 gantries, three (3) gantries have been installed last week, and installation will resume that will result to lane reduction during night time starting March 13, Friday at 10 PM to 5 AM of March 14, Saturday; March 14 at 10 PM to 5 AM of March 15, Sunday; and 10 PM of March 15 to 5 AM of March 16 Monday.
To give way for the expected heavy traffic, the planned rehabilitation of Ayala Bridge to restore structural integrity including raising the bridge by .70 meters for navigational clearance of vessels passing Pasig River is being implemented on stages.
DPWH: Informative Signs with alternate routes already disseminated.
For reference of the motorists and commuters, alternate routes are installed at the following roads: España, A.H. Lacson, President Quirino Avenue, United Nations Avenue, Ayala Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Bustillos and Legarda Streets, P. Casal Extension, Claro M. Recto Avenue, Dapitan, Carlos Palanca Sr., Quezon Boulevard, Plaza Sta. Cruz, Carriedo, Padre Burgos, Andalucia and Lerma.
Ayala Bridge closure will be month-long and full bridge is expected to be closed from March 21 to April 20, 2015 .
Motorists will have to take alternative routes in going to and from their destination. Also, navigations of vessels will not also be allowed for 48 hours to be announced two (2) days prior to the actual date of lifting the bridge structure.
Ayala bridge will be partially closed east side on April 21 to June 14 but is open one-way northbound and partially closed west side on June 15 to July 20 but open one-way northbound. However, movement of trucks and buses will not still be allowed during the partial one-way opening.
The DPWH is rushing to complete the work on the bridge in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the expected completion is by July this year.