Expect heavy traffic in and around the area of Nagtahan Flyover in Sta. Mesa, Manila as this major junction is now undergoing major repair and strengthening works that began last week.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, in a statement, said only one lane of the structure would be accessible to motorists for the time being and only to light vehicles.
Trucks and other heavy vehicles would be banned while retrofitting is ongoing along the 468-meter flyover.
Construction will be done in segments:
- Segment 1 and 2: Northbound (R. Magsaysay to G. Tuazon) within two months
- Segment 3: Southbound (G. Tuazon to R. Magsaysay Area) within 1.5 months
- Segment 4 and 5: Northbound (EARIST to R. Magsaysay Blvd. area) within 2 months
- Segment 6: Southbound (R. Magsaysay to EARIST area) within 1.5 months
With these scheduled repairs, vehicles going north are advised to take Osmeña Highway, right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Ave. Ext., left to U.N Ave., right to Romualdez St., left to Ayala Blvd, and Roxas Blvd. to destination. Meanwhile, vehicles going Southbound may take A. Bonifacio Ave., right to C3, R-10, to their destination.
The Nagtahan Flyover, which features 17 spans and with highest elevation at 13 meters above road level, is a four-lane carriageway with a total width of 7.8 meters. It has been identified by the DPWH as among the 36 priority bridges for repair in Metro Manila.
The DPWH will undertake the removal and replacement of the Nagtahan Flyover’s existing steel casing, provide additional reinforcing steel and protective coating to its piers, and restore affected pavement and sidewalk, to meet with current DPWH Seismic Design Specification.
The project will need an additional fund allocation of P70 million for its final Phase 2, which will cover the remaining six out of its 14 piers, and a lighting system on the flyover.
The repairs are expected to end in April 2022.
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