Otis Bridge in Manila closed due to partial collapse


Otis Bridge frequented by trucks to and from Port Area closed to traffic

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, via their official spokesperson, has just issued an advisory that the Otis Bridge in Paco, Manila is closed to traffic.

The reason: a portion has collapsed.

Based on the photos posted by MMDA spokes person Celine Pialago, the center island along with the asphalt overlay of Otis Bridge appear to have caved in. A report indicates that the cracks on the road are about 20 feet in length and 1 foot wide.

Otis Bridge is by U.N. Avenue in Manila, and is a major route taken by heavy trucks to and from the port area of Manila. The road also is a major hub for automotive dealers in the area such as Mazda, Toyota, Ford, Isuzu, Nissan, Suzuki, and more.

According to a report, there were three families living under the bridge that were asked to vacate. 

To prevent further damage, the MMDA, as per the MDRRC or Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Council, has closed the bridge off, presumably in preparation for repair and remedial work by the DPWH.

The MMDA has advised motorists to take alternate routes.

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