MANILA - Makati City on Saturday advised motorists of its traffic re-routing scheme following the closure of the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge (Rockwell bridge) connecting Makati and Mandaluyong cities for reconstruction that could take over two years.
Effective January 19, the stretch of Makati Avenue (from J. P. Rizal Avenue going towards Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue) will be converted into a one-way street.
Vehicles going towards Rockwell bridge will have to turn right at P. Burgos Street and head towards the J.P. Rizal Avenue-Makati Avenue intersection and turn right towards the bridge.
Meanwhile, left-turning vehicles along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue en route Salcedo Village must take the Zuellig Loop.
Motorists going to the Makati Central Business District from Rockwell bridge must take a right turn to J.P. Rizal Avenue, turn left to N. Garcia Street, right to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue and take a left turn to Ayala Avenue, entering the financial center.
Right-turning vehicles along J.P. Rizal Avenue from Rockwell bridge can also make a left turn to Zapote Avenue.
Before its closure, approximately 35,000 motorists used Rockwell bridge every day.
According to engineer Virgilio Castillo, manager of the bridge's rehabilitation, the daily capacity of the bridge was only at 20,000 vehicles.
The Department of Public Works and Highways aims to widen the two-lane bridge to four lanes. It expects the bridge-widening project to be completed by 2021.