Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Traffic Advisory 020218

Sevilla Bridge Reconstruction Project Starts Saturday

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today released a traffic rerouting plan for the 17-month rehabilitation/upgrading of Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong City starting tomorrow, Saturday.

Jojo Garcia, MMDA Assistant General Manager for Planning, said the partial closure of the bridge, which connects Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez in Manila City, will begin at 10 pm.

Ahead of the project, Garcia said the agency has been closely coordinating with the local government units of Mandaluyong, San Juan, Manila and Makati to mitigate the expected traffic congestion that the reconstruction project would cause.

“We have been removing illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions along alternative routes for the past three weeks,” said Garcia, in a press briefing held at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City.

Affected motorists are encouraged to take the following alternative routes:

EASTBOUND TRAFFIC

1. From Magsaysay Boulevard, turn right to Old Sta. Mesa/Valenzuela Street, then right to Cordillera, left to Lubiran traversing to Boni Avenue going to Maysilo roundabout, and exit to FB Martinez Avenue, then right to Shaw Boulevard going to your destination.

2. From Magsaysay Boulevard, turn right to V. Mapa then right to Old Sta. Mesa then left to Reposo Street, left to Valenzuela, turn right to V. Mapa, right to Bagumbayan Street, then left Lubiran then left to Kalentong, then right to Shaw Boulevard going to destination

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC

1.From Shaw Boulevard, turn right to F. Blumentritt St., then left to F. Manalo Street, then right to Old Sta. Mesa then left to Araneta Avenue going to destination

2. From Shaw Boulevard, turn right to Gomezville/Hoover/Haig, then turn right to F. Blumentritt Street, left to Old Sta. Mesa then right to V. Mapa then left to Aurora Boulevard going to destination

3. From Shaw Boulevard, turn right to F. Blumentritt Street to N. Domingo to destination

Garcia said a number of traffic enforcers will be deployed to manage traffic in the area and to guide the affected motorists.

The bridge consists of two lanes – eastbound and three lanes westbound. During the reconstruction period, partial closure shall be done making three lanes available at all times or a two-way traffic at one lane per direction and another counter flow lane at the middle depending on the volume of vehicles.

Around 40,000 vehicles are traversing the bridge daily, according to the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center.

Garcia said the reconstruction of the bridge will be undertaken by a private contractor 24/7. It aims to strengthen its capacity and increase its water elevation to allow barges to pass underneath that will cater to equipment and remove debris during dredging periods.

Moreover, truck ban along Shaw Boulevard will be adjusted from 4 pm to 10 pm while the reconstruction is ongoing.

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