The Nagtahan Flyover in Manila will be off-limits to trucks and trailers beginning Feb. 20, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in a traffic advisory Thursday, Feb. 11.
This means that the flyover shall only be open to light vehicles, the agency said.
The heavy vehicle ban on the Manila flyover was brought about by the cracks found in its structure. The MMDA provided a photo of the cracks.
“According to the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), several cracks were found on the wingwall, concrete pedestal of the steel railings and circular joint jackets. Thus, trucks and trailer trucks will have to use alternative routes to prevent intense damage and untoward incidents,” it said, adding that DPWH has recommended to reduce the flyover’s load limit.
“Truckers are advised to take the following alternative routes: Southbound heavy vehicles may take Earnshaw Street, Legarda Street, Ayala Street, P. Burgos Street to Roxas Boulevard. Northbound heavy vehicles may take Quirino Avenue to Roxas Boulevard; Quirino Avenue Extension to United Nations Avenue to Roxas Boulevard,” the MMDA said in the same advisory.
Nagtahan flyover is included in the DPWH’s list of Metro Manila bridges due for repair, the agency also bared.