Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Ramon FVelasquez | posted July 31, 2014 10:36
City government complies and will postpone the repairs
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has stepped in and suggested that the DPWH and the City of Paranaque hold off the plans of closing down the Sucat Interchange for repairs starting this Saturday, August 2 because of the lack of lead time.
Motorists and netizens alike only got wind of the situation early this week and started spreading the word online in hopes that the forewarning may reveal a solution to what will surely be a major traffic problem in the area.
Meanwhile, Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez only found out last Friday, July 25 and finds the postponement a relief.
“This should give us more time to prepare contingency measures and alternative routes to mitigate the effect of the bridge repair on our constituents and motorists,” said the mayor.
The MMDA cited the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) lack of coordination with them and the city of Paranaque as one of the primary reasons for the rescheduling of this 45-day project.
Mayor Olivarez already has a team in place working on alternate routes and extra measures including a possible truck ban so that the city is better prepared to handle the traffic condition when the project begins.