“Brace yourselves for heavier traffic.”
This was the warning issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways to Paranaque residents recently as certain road repairs are about to come their way.
According to the DPWH, starting August 2, they will close the east-bound lane of the Sucat Interchange Bridge to make way for the repair as well as rehabilitation of the said bridge which is expected to last 45 days.
In a letter to Paranaque mayor Edwin Olivarez, DPWH district engineer Wilfredo Mallari also noted that they will be conducting a dry run for the closure and will close the east-bound lane of the bridge (going from Dr. A. Santos Ave. towards the Muntinlupa side of the bridge) this Wednesday (July 30) before the actual closure on Aug. 2.
“I have instructed the city’s Traffic Management Office to study and propose alternative routes for those who will be severely affected by the bridge repair,” said Olivarez in a statement, adding that they will also be looking into implementing a truck ban and a number coding scheme in the affected areas.
Areas that will be most affected by the road repairs are the entire stretch of Sucat Road (Dr. A. Santos Ave.) as well as the East and West service roads in both the Paranaque and Muntinlupa sides.
“We can only hope that the DPWH and the traffic management personnel of the Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation, which has jurisdiction over the affected interchange, will be able to complete the bridge repair on time so that our residents and commuters are not burdened further,” expressed Olivarez.