Last August 3, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) closed the Tomas Claudio Bridge in Pandacan, Manila to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project. According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, the elevated bridge connecting Valenzuela Street, Santa Mesa to Quirino Avenue will be closed for approximately six months, or until early February 2020.
An estimated 12,000 vehicles that pass through the bridge daily are expected to be affected by the closure. In a press briefing, the MMDA advises motorists to take note of the alternate routes.
Vehicles coming from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Roxas Boulevard, and Quirino Avenue heading towards Sta. Mesa shall take East Zamore, straight to Labores Street, turn right at Jesus Street, Laura Street, left at Jacinto Zamora Bridge towards their destinations. Another alternate route is for motorists to go through Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard and turn right at Old Sta Mesa to their destination.
Meanwhile, vehicles headed to SLEX, Roxas Boulevard, and Quirino Avenue may use the open median island lane then turn left on Beata street towards their destination. Motorists coming from Sta. Mesa, Manila shall pass through Lubiran Street, right at New Panaderos, straight to Pedro Gil Avenue, to Quirino and towards their destination. Vehicles coming from Tejeron Street or JP Rizal Avenue shall go straight to Dr. M Carreon, straight to Menandro Street, right at Laura Street to destination.
Trucks, trailers and other heavy vehicles going in and out of Beata Street are instructed to take Jesus Street to Quirino Avenue extension to their destination.
To address the possible traffic jams caused by the closure, the MMDA, together with the help of local government units (LGUs), will clear all alternate routes in the area for a smoother flow of traffic. These roads will also be made no parking zones 24/7.
The Skyway Stage 3 project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020 and is expected to greatly reduce traffic in the Metro. Recently, the Plaza Dilao exit of the Skyway Stage 3 was already opened to the public.