MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recommended that trucks and vehicles weighing more than 10 tons be prohibited from passing the Nagtahan Bridge in Manila, which was hit by a fire early Friday.
DPWH chief maintenance engineer Lino Landicho said upon inspection of the bridge, they discovered that the slabs and girder of the bridge were compromised because of the fire.
Starting 9 p.m. Friday, heavy vehicles will no longer be allowed to pass the bridge due to repairs.
Both lanes of the bridge were earlier closed to traffic after a fire erupted in one of the houses underneath it at around 3 a.m.
At least 50 families lost their homes to the fire.
DPWH had requested the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) assistance for the rerouting of trucks and other heavy vehicles.
The MMDA has advised motorists to avoid Nagtahan bridge and take alternate routes to get to their destination.
Motorists traveling southbound from A. Lacson to South Super Highway are advised to take a right turn to Legarda; straight to P. Casal, Ayala Boulevard; left turn to San Marcelino; left turn to P. Quirino; and right turn to South Super Highway.
Motorists can also take R. Magsaysay Boulevard; right turn to Old Sta. Mesa; right turn to Sta. Mesa-Nagtahan link bridge; right turn to P. Quirino; and take
next U-turn opening to South Super Highway.
Northbound vehicles from South Super Highway to A. Lacson are advised to pass P. Quirino; left turn to Plaza Dilao; right turn P. Quirino Avenue Extension; left turn to UN Avenue; right turn to Romualdez; right turn to Ayala Boulevard, P. Casal, Legarda; left turn to Bustillos; right turn to H. Loyola; then left turn to A. Lacson. -- Reports from Gretchen Malalad and Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News