The major rehabilitation of the Ayala Bridge in San Miguel, Manila will finally commence as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that the bridge will be closed for one whole month to begin the bridge repair.
Aside from restoring the bridge's integrity, the DPWH also stated that they will also be raising the bridge by 0.70 meters to provide better clearance for vessels passing the Pasig River.
The DPWH had already done light repairs on the bridge last March 13 - 16, 2015 by installing three additional gantries, doing side wall construction and blasting in preparation for the month-long closure of the infrastructure. There will be a total of 12 gantries after the rehabilitation is done.
DPWH also provided alternative routes that motorists can use during the bridge rehabilitation which are: Espana, A.H. Lacson, President Quirino Avenue, United Nations Avenue, Ayala Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Bustillos and Legarda Streets, P. Casal Extension, Claro M. Recto Avenue, Dapitan, Carlos Palanca Sr., Quezon Boulevard, Plaza Sta. Cruz, Carriedo, Padre Burgos, Andalucia and Lerma.
Furthermore, the east side of the bridge will be partially closed starting on April 21 - June 14, 2015 but the northbound lane will still be open to one-way traffic. From June 15 - July 20, 2015 however, the west side of the bridge will be partially closed but still allow one-way northbound traffic. Trucks and buses though cannot use the bridge during the partial lane closing.