The NLEX Corporation has announced that the rehabilitation for the Candaba Viaduct will be completed by June 2021. The rehabilitation project originally started in August of 2020, however, due to the pandemic progress was slowed and the initial December 2020 deadline was pushed back. Now, however, the NLEX Corporation has announced that the rehabilitation will be completed by June 2021. It has already replaced 13 link slabs on the Manila-bound portion of the viaduct last year and is now working on 12 more link slabs along the same segment. It is hoped that these new slabs will strengthen the bridge further and ensure the safety and driving comfort of motorists.
Currently, motorists are required to slow down in order to let traffic filter through a counterflow lane. Light vehicles can still utilize the bridge but will need to go over a temporary bailey bridge to safely go over a link slab. Heavier vehicles such as cargo trucks are required to use the counterflow lane to avoid putting too much stress on link slabs.
For several years, the Candaba Viaduct has been a significant part of the commuters’ everyday life, having served as a reliable link between Metro Manila and the provinces in Central and North Luzon. These rehabilitation works are necessary to ensure the safe transport of people and unhampered delivery of essential goods and services, supporting the government’s push to accelerate economic development.
While construction progresses, the NLEX Corporation will continue the deployment of patrol crews and traffic marshals to help assist with the traffic in the area. Bautista further adds that “The first set of upgrades or the Viaduct prioritizes the works below the southbound bridge deck. We enjoin public understanding with the temporary inconvenience caused by the lane closures, but we are optimistic that once these enhancements are completed, our customers will experience a more comfortable travel.”