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MMDA: Roxas Boulevard closure starts on January 15

Repairs to Libertad drainage structure to take four months

The Libertad drainage box is 52 years old and needs immediate repairs. PHOTO FROM MMDA

Traffic in various parts of Metro Manila has been noticeably lighter lately. Authorities attribute this to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which has forced many to stay at home. But despite that, it seems that Roxas Boulevard might still get congested in the days to come.

We reported about the impending closure of a section of Roxas Boulevard fronting HK Sun Plaza. That’s because the Libertad Drainage Main Box Culvert desperately needs repairs. Due to its age, the structure is in danger of collapse and rehabilitation must begin as soon as possible.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, a portion of the southbound lane from HK Sun Plaza to the EDSA-Roxas Boulevard flyover will be closed for traffic. The Department of Public Works and Highways will be doing the repair works, which will reportedly take two months. After that, the adjacent northbound section will be closed for another two months so that DPWH can work on the other part of the drainage structure.

During the four-month closure, alternate routes and zipper lanes will be made available. MMDA enforcers will also be deployed to manage traffic in the affected areas.

Given the lighter than usual traffic situation, we believe that this is the best time for the repairs before the 52-year-old structure gives in and causes accidents. So, if you frequent Roxas Boulevard, now is the time to look for detours. Check out these suggestions by MMDA.

Red Santiago

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