Villar, Dominguez fold: DPWH defers Rockwell bridge closure to Jan 2019
Public interest prevailed over “Build, Build, Build.”
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finally conceded to defer its planned two-year repairs for the Estrella-Pantaleob bridge that connects Mandaluyong and Makati via Rockwell.
It was scheduled to be closed to motorists on Sept. 20 then later on Sept. 24, but authorities finally succumbed to motorists’ complaints questioning the timing of the plan.
DPWH project director Virgilio Castillo wrote to Metro Manila Development Authority chair Danilo Lim that the China-funded project will then be pushed back to next year.
“Due to public clamor and apprehension of the business circle that the timing and closure will cause possible huge economic loss specially this coming holiday season, we are constrained to defer the implementation of the project and decided to proceed by 1st week of January 2019,” the Sept. 24 letter read.
“We sincerely apologize for the sudden change in plan in view of the afore-cited reasons, which we deemend appropriate to avert negative impact to the forthcoming yuletide events.”
DPWH, however, said Chinese contractor CCCC Highways Consultants Co. Ltd. is all set to start the project, which will involve demolishing the existing bridge and building a new one.
This is one of the first Chinese loans approved and signed under the Duterte administration.