The Department of Public Works and Highways has begun the rehabilitation and retrofitting of Sales Bridge starting with its eastbound lane. With the project expected to be completed by June 11, the department has issued a traffic advisory for motorists to take the following alternate routes to avoid inconvenience:
For those coming from Manila or Makati along Osmeña Highway, turn right on Buendia Avenue and take either Roxas Boulevard or Macapagal Avenue.
For those coming from Makati along EDSA, they are advised to take either Tramo, Roxas Boulevard or Macapagal Avenue to get to their destination, while motorists coming from the south and are headed north are advised to take C-5 instead.
For trucks coming from the Port Area and are headed for FTI along the East Service Road, they are advised to take the Bicutan Exit of the South Luzon Expressway. They can also take A. Bonifacio and Mindanao Avenue to get to C-5 and then turn left onto the East Service Road route to reach their destination.
As a public service to motorists in connection with the scheduled repair of Sales Bridge, the operators of the South Luzon Expressway (Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation) and the Skyway (Skyway O&M Corporation) have promised to implement discounts on their toll fees.
"This will surely mitigate traffic build-up at the project area inasmuch as reduced toll fees will encourage more users," said DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson.
According to the DPWH, Sales Bridge's rehabilitation is in line with its program to ensure public safety as the bridge has reportedly shown signs of "deterioration brought about by wear and tear due to volume and vehicular load."
Sales Bridge is the bridge that crosses the South Luzon Expressway and connects the Fort Bonifacio area to Villamor Air Base, Resorts World Manila and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.