Motorists living east of Metro Manila can breathe a temporary sigh of relief as the scheduled closure of the eastbound lane of Marcos Highway Bridge has been moved to next week. 

Instead of closing down the lane this coming May 4, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that they have deferred its closure to May 11. The decision was made following a meeting with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its private contractors, as well as with SM Marikina.

Apparently, the private contractor assigned to do repair works is not yet ready to push through with the rehabilitation project. According to the MMDA, the contractor has yet to open an intersection for trucks that will pass through the area; install traffic signal for trucks / vehicles coming from Libis going to Katipunan Avenue; open a slot at the median island for eastbound motorists to pass through, and install signages to inform the public about the project.

With it, the MMDA has given the private contractor a week to have all the necessary preparations ready in order to minimize the inconveniences the repair works will cause.

In review, the Marcos Highway Bridge rehabilitation will last for eight months and will see the partial closure of the eastbound and later on the westbound lanes. For the first four months, the eastbound lane will be closed to traffic to undergo repairs. During that time, vehicles bound for Antipolo can take the westbound lane while motorists going to Cubao can use the SM Marikina service road. When that is finished, the westbound lane rehabilitation works will begin to complete the eight-month long repair.

Looking for alternate routes during the rehabilitation? Check out these other routes that the MMDA have posted here.