MMDA not informed by DPWH on Estrella-Pantaleon bridge reopening

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 10:26 AM September 25, 2018

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge  —LYN RILLON

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was equally baffled when the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge (Makati-Mandaluyong bridge) was reopened to motorists on Tuesday morning after two days of closure.

MMDA Special Operations Bong Nebrija told Radyo INQUIRER on Tuesday that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) did not inform the MMDA that the bridge would be opened on Tuesday morning.


“Pare-pareho tayong nasorpresa doon pati ‘yong mga kababayan natin na nagrereroute na then they learned na bukas pa pala. Pati kami kanina nababatikos doon. Akala isasara tapos ngayon bukas,” Nebrija told RadyoINQUIRER.

The bridge connecting Makati and Mandaluyong was closed last Sunday for repairs. It was supposed to be closed for 30 months.


Nebrija said he saw on Sunday the initial mobilization being done by the contractors.

“Pareho po tayong nabigla sa pagbubukas noon kasi noong linggo nga nakita namin na noong sinabi nilang alas otso sila magsasara, they really closed it. Nakita rin namin ‘yong initial mobilization ng contractor. Mayroon ng mga yerong iniharang doon, ‘yong talagang ready na magsimula,” Nebrija said.

Nebrija said he did not know why the DPWH re-opened the bridge. He further explained that the MMDA has already coordinated with local traffic units in Makati and Mandaluyong to manage the heavy traffic in the area since the bridge would be closed.

“Hindi po namin alam kung saan nagkaroon ng failure of coordination doon but ang sa amin lang if there was even a failure of coordination, we need to address that out dahil ang mas apektado dyan yung mga motorista na dumadaan dyan,” Nebrija said.

Nebrija said the the bridge will remain open until further notice.  /muf

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: bridge, closure, dpwh, Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, MMDA, Philippine News, reopening
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Carmelo Anthony takes a new outlook to his new team

November 20, 2019 03:32 PM


Sugar essential to life found in meteorites

November 20, 2019 03:12 PM


TD Ramon maintains strength as it crosses Ifugao

November 20, 2019 03:08 PM

© Copyright 1997-2019 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.