As of Friday, May 23, 2014, construction officials have allowed two-way traffic along the San Jose, Pili alternate bridge.
But anyway, two-way traffic is yay! I took the pictures below while we were nearing the detour spillway bridge adjacent to the damaged bridge.
Light vehicles are allowed to go two-way but heavy transport haulers like trucks and trailers are made to go one by one. Nevertheless, two-way traffic system allows everyone to traverse the bridge without much hassle and stress. Whew! I don’t have to endure thirty (30) minutes to an hour of traffic jam every single day for my commute. 🙂
And while my bus was along the alternate bridge, I took the chance to take
blurry pictures of the supposed re-construction that was going on.
Is there a mining operation going on or what?
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has effected the closure of the San Jose Bridge starting Feb. 15, 2014. San Jose Bridge was constructed in 1964 and had its first rehabilitation in 1970. It also underwent major repairs in 1984 carried out by then Ministry of Public Highways, now DPWH.
Following total closure of the bridge, DPWH designated alternate routes:
Alternate Route A for buses, trucks and loaded vehicles: Grijalvo, San Fernando to Antipolo, Hobo, Minalabac – Ombao, Bula- Pawili, Pili and vice versa;
Alternate Route B for light vehicles : Amparado, Milaor- San Francisco, FVR bridges I, II, III AND IV, Mataoroc, Minalabac- Tagbong, San Isidro, Pili and vice versa; and
Alternate C, also for light vehicles : Palestina, Pili – Maydaso, Milaor- FVR bridges I, II, III AND IV, Mataoroc, Minalabac- Tagbong, San Isidro, Pili and vice versa.
The DPWH said that the rehabilitation and improvement of the bridge will pave the way for the proposed four-lane road link.
The two-way traffic is only an experiment. That is what I heard from the radio anchors this morning.
Good grief! I hope the experiment lasts longer than it should. *cross fingers*
Another update here (5/16/15) 🙂
For now, let’s wait and see.
Listen up, listen good.