Rethink bridge closure

January 15, 2019

Former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino yesterday called on the Department of Public Works and Highways to reconsider its decision closing Rockwell Bridge, which connects Mandaluyong City and Makati City’s posh Rockwell area, on January 19.

Tolentino, the former chairperson of the  Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), urged the DPWH to rethink the closure as he expressed grave concern over the horrendous traffic buildup Rockwell Bridge’s closure will surely spawn.

“Walang madaliang dahilan upang isara ang tulay. Hindi naman ito sira at walang nakaambang panganib sa mga dumaraan dito.  Ibayong sakit ng ulo lamang ang idudulot nito sa mga motorista kaya dapat pag-aralan munang muli ang pagpapasara dito,” Tolentino said.

He noted that the bridge’s construction for over two years would only worsen the traffic situation along EDSA Avenue and peripheral roads.