The major rehabilitation of Nagtahan flyover in Sta. Mesa, Manila is now underway, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In a statement on Friday, the agency said that only one lane of the 30-year-old bridge will be accessible to light vehicles beginning Oct. 1 to make way for its major repair and strengthening works.
“We are glad to announce that we have finally received an allocation of P50 million for the Phase 1 of Nagtahan Flyover Strengthening. The old structure requires immediate rehab as it has been around since 1991 when the flyover was built,” Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar said.
The DPWH said that it will undertake the removal and replacement of Nagtahan flyover’s existing steel casing and provide additional reinforcing steel during the rehabilitation. Additionally, it will add protective coating to its piers and restore the affected pavement and sidewalk.
According to the agency, heavy vehicles will be prohibited from passing through the 467.85-meter bridge during the rehabilitation period.
As an alternative route, the DPWH advised heavy vehicles going south to take A. Bonifacio Drive, right to Circumferential Road 3, then to Radial Road 10 (R-10).
Heavy vehicles heading north, on the other hand, are advised to take Osmeña Highway, then right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Avenue Extension, left to United Nations Avenue, right to Romualdez Street, left to Ayala Boulevard and then to Roxas Boulevard.
Nagtahan flyover is among the 36 bridges in Metro Manila that’s being prioritized for repair, according to DPWH.