Tomas Claudio Bridge in Manila to be closed starting August 3

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the closure of the Tomas Claudio Bridge in Pandacan, Manila, starting Saturday, August 3, to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, July 31, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that starting Saturday at 10 pm, the bridge will be closed for 6 months, or until early February 2020.

The closure of the Tomas Claudio Bridge is expected to affect 12,000 vehicles daily.

The MMDA announced the alternate routes that motorists should follow:

The MMDA said trucks and trailers from Beata Street should take Jesus Street to Quirino Avenue extension to their destination.

The Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City. It is a project of the San Miguel Corporation-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation.

It is expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of 2020. Last July 22, the Buendia-Paco segment was partially opened to the public. – 

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.