The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hopes to hasten the next stages of repair of the 39-year-old Magallanes Interchange, following the completion of the first phase of reconstruction on its 301-lineal meters (lm) Manila-Alabang southbound lane.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the construction for the succeeding phases needs to start as soon as possible to be able to complete the repair of the interchange on schedule.
“We hope to start the next stage of Magallanes Interchange repair soon, as we aim to finish it on or before the expiration of the project clearance,” said Secretary Singson.
Road repair clearance from MMDA for the project is valid only up until February 28, 2015, with limited time of construction on weekdays – between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
Unlike the recently completed works in Magallanes Interchange, there will be no total closure, in the next repairs as the DPWH – National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) intends to do repair one lane at a time.
In the mean time, Singson said DPWH – NCR has already been instructed to closely coordinate with the MMDA to fast track the next stages of repair for the flyover which cover the 345.95 l.m. Ayala to Roxas Boulevard, 410.35 l.m. Alabang to Ayala, 405.65 l.m. Ayala to Manila/Alabang, and 345.95 l.m. Roxas Boulevard to Ayala.
Contractor J.D. Legaspi Construction was also ordered to maximize the use of equipment and manpower resources once permitted to resume works on Magallanes Interchange.
The repair of the 1,809.50 lineal meters (l.m.) length interchange involves repair of the expansion joints, strengthening/retrofitting of the deck slab (soffit), and asphalt overlays.
The Magallanes Interchange is a four-level partial turbine interchange in Makati City, serving as the junction between the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) since 1975.
The last repair on the structure was done in 1980s and has now manifest damages on the carriageway particularly cracks and disintegration of concrete, guard rails, and steel expansion joints, which may endanger motorists and commuters.