If you thought traffic in Metro Manila has been horrible the past few days, well we have some bad news. It's going to get worse in the coming weeks and it won't just be along EDSA or C5. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that roadworks and repairs will be held in various roads and cities around Metro Manila starting today, January 29 and Friday, January 31.
Out of the five roadworks announced, the rehabiliation works to be done at the C5-Ortigas flyover will surely cause the most traffic. Starting January 31, the C5-Ortigas flyover will undergo proposed rehabilitation and major repair of the flyover. Thankfully, work will only be done on weekdays (excluding holidays) from 11:00 PM onwards until 5:00 AM. The repair work is expected to be completed in 180 days or on July 28, 2020.
Oroquieta Street (C164.50 to C439.80) in Sampaloc Manila will also undergo repairs beginning January 31, 2020 until October 26, 2020. Fortunately, reblocking and rehabilitation of Oroquieta Street including the drainage system will only start at 11:00 PM on all Friday nights until Monday morning. By 5:00 AM, the road will once again be open to traffic.
Starting January 29, Magsaysay Blvd. and R. Magsaysay Service Road (C 712.00 to 1097.00 and C783.00 to 1077) will be closed to traffic for rehabilitation. Reblocking will commence at 11:00 PM on all Fridays from January 29 to June 26. The road shall be opened to traffic by 5:00 AM on Mondays.
Two points along EDSA will also undergo road works as well. Along EDSA northbound, near the corner of Taft Avenue, Pasay City, one lane will be taken up for deliveries of material and concrete pouring in the area. Along EDSA southbound in front of AMA Towers Residences Building in Mandaluyong City, there will be a dismantling of the existing steel canopy in the area. Work at both locations will start on January 29 11:00 PM and will end on February 4, 5:00 AM.
Motorists are advised to take alternate routes and expect heavy traffic in areas with road work.