Good news for riders from Marikina, or those planning to go up to Marilaque this weekend! The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that they have deferred its closure to May 11. The decision was made following a meeting with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its private contractors, as well as with SM Marikina. Originally, the partial bridge closure was scheduled for tomorrow, May 4.

Apparently, the private contractor assigned to do repair works is not yet ready to push through with the rehabilitation project. According to the MMDA, the contractor has yet to open an intersection for trucks that will pass through the area; install traffic signals for vehicles coming from Libis going to Katipunan Avenue; open a slot at the median island for eastbound motorists to pass through, and install signages to inform the public about the project. The MMDA has given the private contractor 1 week to sort these requirements out.

The bridge will be rehabilitated in two phases: for the next four months, the MMDA will close and repair the Antipolo-bound side. After the this, private contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways will then close the Quezon City-bound side for another four months.

For the first four months, vehicles going up to Antipolo coming from Cubao or C5 will take the Cubao-bound side, while vehicles going to Cubao will have to pass by the SM Marikina Service Road. Also, to avoid getting stuck in traffic along with big trailers, dump trucks and the like, it is best to ride during the new truck ban hours of 6 AM-10 AM, updated from the former 7 AM - 10 AM.