Traffic alert: Aganan flyover construction starts March

first_imgIncluding the protection approachesand right of way, the Agana flyover will be 436.90 meters long. Work will last for 24 months, saidFruto. The Department of Public Works andHighways (DPWH) Region 6 alerted the public about the temporary trafficcongestion at the junction of the Felix Gorriceta Avenue and Sen. Benigno S.Aquino Jr. Avenue. The Aganan flyover has a budget ofP560 million, said Assistant Regional Director Jose Al Fruto. “We have to move quickly to solvetraffic congestion which irks drivers, commuters and tourists. We must preventbeing compared to Metro Manila and Cebu City in terms of the gravity oftraffic. It will not be good for the image of the city that we have worked hardon for several years,” said Drilon. Drilon initiated the construction ofthe Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and the President Corazon Aquino Avenueduring the administration of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. Theynow serve as main gateways to Iloilo City, easing traffic congestion. Thesetwo have an initial fund of P180 million each. Fruto said work on the Jibao-an andBuhang flyovers will start in the later part of 2020. The highways have become commercialstrips dotted by new hotels and business establishments.  The 10-lane, 15-kilometer Sen. BenignoAquino Jr. Avenue serves as the main thoroughfare from Iloilo City to theIloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. The two flyovers aim to ease trafficcongestion in the two barangays which are major gateways to Iloilo City and theIloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. On the other hand, private vehiclesfrom the Iloilo Airport and central towns of Iloilo that would like to go toMandurriao or Molo districts in Iloilo City and or vice versa are advised topass via the Oton – San Jose, Santa Barbara Road (Bangga Dama, Santa Barbara –Bangga San Jose, San Miguel – left turn to Iloilo City ALEOSAN Road towardsHibao-an, Mandurriao, Iloilo City). Ilonggo senator Franklin Drilonlobbied for these flyovers. DPWH has two more flyover projectsthis year – in Barangay Jibao-an, Pavia going to Mandurriao, Iloilo City; andat the intersection of the national highway and President Corazon Aquino Avenuein Barangay Buhang, Jaro. “While traffic is a sign ofdevelopment, we cannot let it continue as it will affect our reputation as oneof the few livable cities in the country, as well as our bid to make Iloilo aMICE destination,” Drilon said Private vehicles from the IloiloAirport and central towns of Iloilo that would like to go to Jaro, Iloilo Cityand vice versa are advised to pass via the Iloilo-Santa Barbara Road (RizalStreet – Taft Street – Barangay Agutayan – Barangay Cabugao Norte – Tigum,Pavia – Pagsanga-an, Pavia – Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City). The Ilonggo senator was referring tohis campaign, together with the Department of Tourism, to position Iloilo aspremier destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibits orMICE. However, the rapid rise of Iloilo andthe influx of tourists, Drilon acknowledged, is causing traffic congestionsparticularly during rush hours (from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to7:30 p.m.). A perspective view of the flyover in Brgy. Aganan, Pavia, Iloilo. The contractor is InternationalBuilders Corp. which is also the one currently constructing the P480-million453.70-meter flyover in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia. ILOILO City – The construction of afour-lane flyover in Barangay Aganan, Pavia, Iloilo will start in the first orsecond week of March. The local government of Pavia will beenforcing a traffic rerouting, according to the assistant regional director. Hesaid the four flyovers are all expected to be operational by next year./PNlast_img

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