Back in June, the Otis Bridge suffered a partial collapse, closing it down for several months. It suffered a major collapse as it was reported that the cracks on the pavement were about 20 feet long and a foot wide.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that they aim to finish the Otis Bridge rehabilitation by the end of 2018, and the government agency has delivered. Yes, you can now cross Otis Bridge again and it's just in time for the holiday rush.
Initially, the plan was for the bridge to be reopened by February 2019, but DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said it would be better if it was completed before the year's end. With that, construction was finished in just five months, instead of the initially planned eight months.
The repairs to the bridge also saw it being expanded to six lanes. Prior to the collapse, the Otis Bridge only had four lanes. With its six lanes, the maximum capacity of the bridge is now at 30 tons, twice the limit of the old four-lane road. According to PTV (People's Television Network), the newly rehabilitated bridge is passable to foot traffic and light vehicles for now. The DPWH has yet to announce as to when trucks will be allowed to cross the said bridge. Given that Otis Bridge is a major route for trucks coming to and from the Port of Manila, it is likely that it will be sooner than later.