Residents of Parañaque City were given a temporary reprieve from a possible traffic gridlock after the City Government and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority today ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways to postpone indefinitely the 45-day repair of the Sucat Interchange Bridge which was supposed to start this Saturday, August 2.
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez said that his office, in coordination with the office of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, ordered the repair stoppage because the DPWH failed to notify the MMDA and the city government in advance.
The mayor said he received the letter of the DPWH district engineer about the planned repair only last Friday, and the MMDA learned of the plan only after Mayor Olivarez issued an advisory about the possible traffic jams resulting from the bridge closure.
“The Sucat Interchange bridge retrofitting has been held in abeyance. This should give us more time to prepare contingency measures and alternative routes to mitigate the effect of the bridge repair on our constituents and motorists,” Mayor Olivarez said.
Even with the postponement of the bridge repair, which would cause massive traffic jams along Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat Road), Ninoy Aquino Avenue and the East and West Service Roads of the SLEX, the mayor said they are looking at the implementation of a wider truck ban in Parañaque.
“Even without the interchange bridge repair, traffic is already too heavy along Dr. A. Santos Avenue and other major thoroughfares in the city, so we are leaning towards the implementation of a selective truck ban along major roads in the coming weeks,” Mayor Olivarez said.
The planned truck ban, according to the mayor, is already covered by an existing city ordinance which has not been fully implemented because many businesses in the city, which is adjacent the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, are dependent on trucking.
He said they will hold consultations with the truckers’ association in Parañaque in the coming days to work out details of the proposed truck ban which, based on the existing ordinance, will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the morning and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the evening.
Mayor Olivarez said the truck ban will mainly cover heavy trailer trucks, container vans, transit mixers, and haulers of sand and aggregates, among others. The ban will be in effect in major roads like Sucat Road, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Quirino Avenue, and the East and West Service Roads.
“Hopefully, this will help alleviate traffic in the city, and should contribute to lesser traffic jams if and when the DPWH resumes the repair work on the Sucat Interchange,” the mayor added.
“Brace yourselves for heavier traffic.”
This was the warning issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways to Paranaque residents recently as certain road repairs are about to come their way.
According to the DPWH, starting August 2, they will close the east-bound lane of the Sucat Interchange Bridge to make way for the repair as well as rehabilitation of the said bridge which is expected to last 45 days.
In a letter to Paranaque mayor Edwin Olivarez, DPWH district engineer Wilfredo Mallari also noted that they will be conducting a dry run for the closure and will close the east-bound lane of the bridge (going from Dr. A. Santos Ave. towards the Muntinlupa side of the bridge) this Wednesday (July 30) before the actual closure on Aug. 2.
“I have instructed the city’s Traffic Management Office to study and propose alternative routes for those who will be severely affected by the bridge repair,” said Olivarez in a statement, adding that they will also be looking into implementing a truck ban and a number coding scheme in the affected areas.
Areas that will be most affected by the road repairs are the entire stretch of Sucat Road (Dr. A. Santos Ave.) as well as the East and West service roads in both the Paranaque and Muntinlupa sides.
“We can only hope that the DPWH and the traffic management personnel of the Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation, which has jurisdiction over the affected interchange, will be able to complete the bridge repair on time so that our residents and commuters are not burdened further,” expressed Olivarez.
This is the photo of the alleged car that was involved in the hit-and-run incident inside Ayala Alabang Village Saturday morning that killed a tennis instructor who was riding his bike to work.
It is believed that a drunk villager was behind the wheel when the accident happened.
The identity of the suspect is still being withheld for security reasons.
Stay tuned for more details on this.
Jimbo (or Jimboy or Preppy as he is fondly called by his students) leaves behind his wife and three children of which the youngest is two months old.
The Ayala Alabang Security Department together with the Muntinlupa Police are on the look-out for some leads and information regarding the identity of the suspect believed to have killed a tennis instructor on a hit-and-run incident inside the Muntinlupa village.
According to sources familiar with the incident, the tennis instructor was biking inside the village’s bike lane along Madrigal Ave. around 5:30 am this morning when he was hit by the unknown vehicle. Anyone who has knowledge of the identity of the motorist can call the AAVA security at 842 4411 or 842 3732.
Alabang Bulletin was able to verify that the supposed botched kidnapping inside Alabang Town Center that spread out on social media (even our site published it and we have now taken that down) recently was just a false alarm.
Here is the post of the mother as she cleared things up regarding the incident:
From Charissa Cacnio via Facebook:
RECENT KIDNAPPING MODUS UPDATE
ATC Management and I have been in constant communication and cooperation to further investigate the July 19 incident, we are very relieved and comforted to find out that it was a false alarm.
Apparently, the parent was indeed inside the mall but was busy attending to some matters which seemed that the child was left unsupervised.
To conclude the findings: There is no syndicate, nor modus operandi related to this incident at Alabang Town Center.
In spite the reassuring news, may we all still continue to be vigilant and be prepared to take action in keeping our community and children safe at all times. May we protect ourselves and the children for unnecessary torment.
May the post serve its greater purpose:
To prevent crimes most especially to children.
To encourage people to share their experiences without fear of judgment; and readers to be more compassionate than judgmental. Who knows? The courage to share could have benefited or saved at least 1 person/child. Wouldn’t that be enough reason?
To foster community relationship, cooperation and genuine concern for each other.
Again, thank you ATC Management for the cooperation and swift action. And thank you for those who shared creating awareness in keeping our community safe.