Traffic flow along Ayala Bridge will be limited during the four weekends of October after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that they will have to close the bridge for post-tensioning and damper installation.
Between October 9 – 12, October 16 – 19, October 23 – 26, and October 30 – November 2, Ayala Bridge will be closed to traffic every Friday at 10:00 PM through Monday at 5:00 AM.
As of now, the bridge only has a single lane open in each direction and only allows light vehicles to pass. Additional lanes may be opened by October 16 – 31 as work progresses.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that Ayala Bridge will be fully opened to traffic flow again on November 2, 2015, after they have finished post-tensioning activities wherein the steel beams and cables will be introduced to internal forces or stress after the concrete has been set.
After construction is finished on top of the bridge, remaining work like welding and sandblasting will be done under the bridge which will be completed by December 23, 2015. Traffic flow will not be hindered during this process.
Previously, the Ayala Bridge was closed to the public last September 27 due to additional repairs and was scheduled to be opened again on October 1, 2015.
The bridge was already rehabilitated a few months earlier and is also .70 meters higher to allow better clearance for river vessels.