No traffic gridlock expected from Dario bridge repair

By Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2014 03:39 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2014 11:39 PM

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) does not see any major traffic gridlock once the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) starts repairing Dario bridge on EDSA corner Congressional Avenue.

The MMDA conducted a dry run Wednesday morning to assess the effects of closing down three northbound lanes of EDSA.

MMDA Traffic Engineering Center director Noemi Recio and DPWH Quezon City District Engineering Office director Dong Tolentino agreed that the closure of the three lanes resulted in only minimal traffic congestion.

They noted that zipper lanes and the construction of a Bailey bridge helped minimize traffic congestion in the area.

Rehabilitation work on Dario bridge is scheduled to start on March 15, Saturday.

The repair of the northbound side alone will take 6 to 8 months. The construction of the southbound lane is still being discussed.

Recio and Tolentino said they will submit to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino their assessment of today's dry run.

If the MMDA chief sees it fit to start working on the project, EDSA northbound from Congressional Avenue will be closed starting March 15 at 10 p.m., they said.

Work will then proceed 24/7.

Alternate routes sign will be put up. Thirty DPWH flagmen are now undergoing traffic management training at the MMDA to augment traffic enforcers once construction begins.