MMDA gives nod to Osmena Flyover Rehabilitation Project
Long overdue project to commence; expect heavy traffic along the area
by Vince Pornelos
The flyover repair project will take place at the Osmena Highway and Buendia intersections in Makati City. The aging 4-lane flyover will be repaired after decades of wear and neglect. As such, the Department of Public Works and Highways, along with the MMDA and the primary project contractor, Towking Construction, will erect the necessary signs for the traffic rerouting, as vehicular traffic will be heavily affected in the area.
"The motorists need to be properly informed about the project beforehand so that they will not be greatly inconvenienced," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said. "The public needs to understand that the structure badly needs repair because it was built and used for almost thirty years now, and definitely, it is no longer safe as it was before. To delay its repair poses greater damage, especially during earthquakes."
The project will be implemented in two stages and will require the closure of one direction of the 4-lane, 2-direction flyover while undergoing repair/rehabilitation works and allowing the other direction to remain open but on a 2-lane, 2-way traffic scheme. The project is expected to take 120 days, which takes the project well into the rainy season as well as the start of the 2011-2012 school year.