If you frequently travel north, then you may remember this odd-looking structure on one of its bridges. That was the Grand Theft Auto-looking ramp smack-dab in the middle of the Candaba Viaduct. Repairs for the bridge started around August 2020. However, the global health crisis sidetracked its progress.

Despite missing its December deadline, everything now seems on track for completion in June this year. After completing the replacement of 13 link slabs on the Manila-bound portion of the Viaduct last year, NLEX is now working on 12 more link slabs on the same southbound segment to further strengthen the bridge, and ensure the safety and driving comfort of motorists.

“For several years, the Candaba Viaduct has been a significant part of the commuters’ everyday life, having served as a reliable link between Metro Manila and the provinces in Central and North Luzon. These rehabilitation works are necessary to ensure the safe transport of people and unhampered delivery of essential goods and services, supporting the government’s push to accelerate economic development,” said NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista.

Candaba bridge image

While repairs are still in progress, cars, vans, small trucks, and buses on the southbound lane of the Viaduct will (still) be using a temporary, 31-meter Bailey bridge that allows them to traverse above the slab repair site. Cargo trucks, on the other hand, will be required to counter-flow into the north-bound lane. NLEX Corporation will continue the deployment of patrol crews and traffic marshals while placing directional traffic signs and better inform and assist the public.

“The first set of upgrades for the Viaduct prioritizes the works below the southbound bridge deck. We enjoin public understanding with the temporary inconvenience caused by the lane closures, but we are optimistic that once these enhancements are completed, our customers will experience a more comfortable travel,” Bautista added.

Safety should always be a top priority, and it’s good to see that NLEX is staying on top of repairs needed along their thoroughfare. Should you need to blast up that ramp and live your GTA dreams, though, go grab a PlayStation or Xbox controller instead, okay?