MANILA - Portions of the Magallanes Interchange will be closed Thursday night to simulate the impending repair on the highway, said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Parts of the elevated highway will be closed from 11:00 in the evening to 12:00 midnight as part of the preparations for its five-month repair.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the one-hour closure of the Manila-SLEX portion of the interchange is to simulate the expected impact of the repair works to the traffic flow.
"What we want to do here is to see how it would gravely affect the vehicular traffic. As much as possible, we don't want the motoring public to suffer. We have to be careful and study this matter seriously," he added.
The extensive strengthening, repair, and asphalt overlay of the Magallanes Interchange may start at midnight Friday. The repair works will be done in five stages and only from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day.
From eight months, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) agreed to complete the project in 5 ½ months, or 165 calendar days. The agency submitted on Thursday a compressed work schedule as required by MMDA the other day.
During the meeting, Tolentino also asked the DPWH engineers to deploy traffic flagmen to assist the motorists affected by the closures of portions of the interchange.
Tolentino also required DPWH to put up signs stating the expected completion date of the repair works so as to properly inform the public.
The repair of the Magallanes Interchange includes the replacement of railings, steel expansion joints, and patching up of cracks, among others.