Gov't eyes Jalandoni flyover project completion by April
Iloilo City (6 January) -- The government is targeting to finish the P386,586,525 Jalandoni Flyover project in this city, two months ahead of schedule.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Assistant Secretary Emil Sadain said the scheduled completion date for the Jalandoni Flyover project is June 2010 but they will try to come up with measures to complete the construction in 4 months.
"The President is really committed to have this project completed earlier than the scheduled six months", said Sadain in an interview.
To make sure that the project is being implemented on time, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo personally inspected the on-going construction of the project yesterday, January 5, 2010.
In her short message, President Arroyo congratulated Ilonggos for the new flyover which is envisioned to contribute immensely in increasing existing road capacity to mitigate vehicular traffic congestion in Iloilo City and adjoining areas. It is also in anticipation of the increasing population in the city and enhancing business opportunity, productivity and job generation.
Implemented by the DPWH-President's Bridge Program Office (PBPO) under the Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project, the Jalandoni Flyover is built at the junction of Jalandoni and General Luna Streets which are one of the busiest streets in Iloilo City considering the schools, hospitals and business establishments in the areas.
Funded by the national government with a loan from the French government, the 195 linear meter modular steel flyover will be composed of 5 spans on 4 piers to be built on bored pile foundations with a total of about 87 meter approach roads on both sides.
The actual construction works of the project started on December 22, 2009 with preparatory works for bored piling. Clearing of obstruction and road widening were undertaken by the city government and the regional office of the DPWH.
Sadain said the work in progress will cause inconvenience to the public, which is part of any development or new construction, but once the project is completed it will provide an effective solution to traffic congestion in Iloilo City.
"We will not be closing the traffic. It is only the center section which is actually needed for working areas", explained Sadain. (PIA) [top]