Manila traffic rerouted for Binondo arch construction

MANILA, Philippines – The makeover of Manila's Chinatown is underway, with the construction of a new arch that aims to bring in more tourists and encourage business in the world's oldest Chinatown.

The new arch, funded by the Filipino-Chinese community in Binondo, will be built near the foot of Jones Bridge, across Quintin Paredes Street. 

To make way for the construction of the arch, all motorists coming from Jones Bridge going to Binondo must turn right to Escolta. The rerouting scheme will be in effect until June 22, 2015.

The Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit advised motorists to take alternate routes and expect heavy traffic.

The new arch, poised to be the biggest in the world at 30 meters long, is set to be completed in time for Manila Day on June 24.

The project was announced last February, ahead of the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada earlier said the project aimed to emphasize the city government's commitment to make the oldest Chinatown in the world a tourist haven and a safe venue for business. –