Scheduled to be partially reopened tomorrow (April 21), the Ayala Bridge rehabilitation and repair may take longer than expected due to relocation of utility wires and other safety concerns.

These were echoed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as they pursue mobility solutions with the local government of Manila and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The major challenge for the DPWH is the ‘unforeseen underground utility cables’ they encountered at the approaches of the bridge during the repair period.

“The problem is not under [water]. It is in the approaches. Once it is done, we can continue.  We had to stop, so the wires could be relocated,” said DPWH Director for National Capital Region (NCR) Reynaldo Tagudando.

As part of additional safety measures, the DPWH is considering raising the bridge by 70 centimeters in order for barges to be able to pass through.

There is no definite length of the extension, nor is there a date for the reopening, partial or otherwise.