Do you live in or frequent the east of Metro Manila? This bit of news will come as a relief for those that reside in Marikina, Rizal and Pasig. After months of being closed, the Marcos Highway bridge will finally be re-opened tomorrow, October 31.
To recap, the westbound side of the Marcos Highway bridge was closed off last August 26 of this year. It was done in order to complete rehabilitation works and repairs on the 40-year old bridge. MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia promised that it will be reopened within four months, and with this announcement, they were even ahead of schedule.
Prior to the closure of the westbound section of the said bridge, it was the eastbound side that was closed off for a few months. Now that the bridge will soon be as wide as it was before the repairs, you can expect a much smoother flow of traffic coming in or out of Marcos Highway, especially during rush hour. The re-opening of the westbound lanes are just in time too, with All Saints Day and All Souls Day coming this weekend.
With certain LRT-2 lines still down, namely the Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas stations, motorists and commuters alike will likely see faster travel times now that the bridge has been given a clean bill of health. As for those who prefer taking the train, you'll have to wait just a little bit longer. Fortunately, it won't be as long as the initial nine-month down time that was mentioned before. The LRTA (Light Rail Transit Authority) said that the damaged section of the rail line (between Katipunan and Anonas stations) will be repaired within three months.