The Rockwell Bridge will live to see another week.
Representatives from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have announced today that the bridge’s closure and reconstruction have been deferred again and will now happen on Jan. 19, Saturday instead of tomorrow.
“Unfortunately we’ve decided to fix first all the alternate routes, clear them from any obstruction. Just yesterday, the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) said they will move it to Jan. 19,” MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago told CNN Philippines.
MMDA Special Operations Head Bong Nebrija also told radio station Radyo Inquirer that they requested the DPWH to postpone the closure so they could inform motorists more.
“We also found out that wait … we still lack signages. It’s going to be bad for those coming from Mandaluyong, it’s going to be bad for those coming from Makati. They will be lost [and won’t know] where to reroute,” he said in English and Filipino, according to The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The Rockwell Bridge, officially known as the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connects the Metro Manila cities Mandaluyong and Makati. It is used by many motorists who want to avoid the congested highway EDSA.
The planned reconstruction will widen the two-lane bridge to have four lanes and is projected to last for two years.
While this sounds like a good thing, motorists can’t seem to let go of the convenience the bridge brings.
It first closed in September but was reopened the following day after a massive backlash from motorists. Many complained that closing the bridge during the Christmas season was a terrible idea.
One more week with the Rockwell Bridge you guys, enjoy it while it lasts.