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Portion of SCTEx closed due to eroded embankment

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 07:17 PM August 20, 2013
SCTEX bridge collapses

Contributed photo by Porac Vice Mayor Dexter David

MANILA, Philippines – A portion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) was closed to traffic Tuesday after the approach to the Pasig Potrero bridge collapsed due to torrential rains and floods spawned by the southwest monsoon.
A statement issued by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) said a section of the highway from Clark South going to Porac has been closed to ensure the safety of motorists.
The BCDA said record rainfall for the past few days has resulted in strong currents along the Pasig Potrero River, causing the saturation and erosion of the properties adjacent to the expressway.
Rerouting of traffic flow to and from the Subic area and surrounding towns is currently being implemented, while technical assessment on the damage is ongoing, the BCDA said.
Travelers have been advised to take a detour at Clark south exit through McArthur Highway and reenter at Porac.
However, the SCTEX Clark-Tarlac section remains open to all vehicular traffic.

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