Rehab works on Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to commence Jan. 19
Marje Pelayo • January 11, 2019 • 2363
MANILA, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the rehabilitation of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 19 after being put on hold for several times.
The structure connects Estrella in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.
The plan to rehabilitate the bridge has been deferred three times already.
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the structure is just seven years old and based on its original design, it only has a 25,000 carrying capacity.
However, there are at least 35,000 vehicles plying the bridge every single day which have caused its pavement to weaken and be at risk of collapse.
“Bukod sa paluluwangin, tinitignan din namin yung preparedness nito sa the ‘big one’ na sinasabi ng Philvocs na diyan sa Mandaluyong area eh pine-predict ang intensity,” said DPWH project manager Toyet Castillo.
The DPWH plans to add two more lanes to the bridge’s existing two so that more vehicles will be able to ply on the bridge.
There will also be expansion of the sidewalks and strengthening of its foundation.
The project costs P1.47 billion but the government will not shoulder any amount since the overall fund is a grant from China.
The bridge will be temporarily closed to motorists for a period of three years.
For this reason, motorists are advised to take an alternative route.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees heavy traffic situation especially in Makati because of the bridge’s closure.
“Dati ang average niyan para makatawid ka sa bridge mga 10 minutes lang nandoon ka na sa kabila. Kapag nagsara iyan, mga 30 minutes, kasi iikot ka pa. Pero I doubt it, baka 1 hour,” explained MMDA general manager, Jose Arturo Garcia.
The MMDA is now coordinating with the traffic bureaus from Makati and Mandaluyong to help clear the roads that will serve as alternative routes for motorists.
Aside from the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge, the MMDA also plans to begin the rehabilitation of Guadalupe Bridge in Makati and Lambingan Bridge in Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)
Mandaluyong City has opened the registration for COVID-19 vaccination to minors ages 12-17.
In a Facebook post, the local government unit encourages parents and guardians to register their children for COVID-19 vaccine by entering their household code into the online registration form Mandavax (www.mandaluyong.gov.ph/vaccine/).
For questions regarding the vaccination of minors, the LGU urged residents to call MANDAVAX hotlines: 0917-17-62632, 0917-18-62632, 0917-67-62632, 0968-609-5405, 0915-497-2946, 0919-524-5715, 8532-5001 loc 471 to 480
As of September 12, a total 784,830 vaccines have been deployed, of which 452,644 were administered as first dose, while 348,285 were given as second dose.
MANILA, Philippines — The local governments of Pateros and Mandaluyong are offering COVID-19 vaccination slots to residents of other cities in Metro Manila.
According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos, this initiative is part of the “We Vax as One’ program of the National Capital Region (NCR) aimed at boosting the vaccination efforts in the region to immediately achieve population protection.
All interested parties are advised by the Pateros LGU to register through a QR code posted on its website and wait for a slot confirmation via text from the local government.
Meanwhile, those who wish to have their vaccination in Mandaluyong City may register through MANDAVAX at www.mandaluyong.gov.ph/vaccine/ and wait for a text message confirming the available schedule.
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