DPWH limits access to Nagtahan flyover as major rehabilitation begins

Published October 1, 2021, 3:33 PM

by Betheena Unite

Only one lane of the Nagtahan Flyover in Sta. Mesa, Manila will be accessible starting Friday, Oct. 1, to make way for its “much-needed” rehabilitation, the Department of Public of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

Nagtahan Flyover (Photo courtesy of the DPWH)

Heavy vehicles will be temporarily denied access as the sole available lane will only cater to light vehicles, said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

He said the restrictions aim to give way to the repair and improvement activities of the 467.85-meter flyover, which includes its retrofitting.

“We are glad to announce that we have finally received an allocation of P50 million for the Phase 1 of Nagtahan Flyover strengthening. The old structure requires immediate rehab as it has been around since 1991 when the flyover was built,” Villar said.

Nagtahan Flyover was identified by the DPWH as among the 36 priority bridges for repair in Metro Manila.

To meet with current DPWH Seismic Design Specification, the infrastructure agency will undertake the removal and replacement of Nagtahan Flyover’s existing steel casing, provide additional reinforcing steel and protective coating to its piers, and restore affected pavement and sidewalk.

The project will need an additional allocation of P70 million for its second phase which will cover the remaining six out of its 14 piers, and a lighting system on the flyover.

For the meantime, heavy vehicles going south may take A. Bonifacio Drive, right to Circumferential Road 3, then to Radial Road 10 (R-10).

Heavy vehicles bound to the north, on the other hand, may take Osmeña Highway, then right to Quirino Avenue, left to Quirino Avenue Extension, left to United Nations Avenue, right to Romualdez Street, left to Ayala Boulevard and then to Roxas Boulevard.