P386-M Jalandoni flyover in Iloilo opens on Friday

July 8, 2010 11:07 pm 

MANILA, July 8 — Another world-class flyover project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that will improve vehicular traffic flow in Iloilo City will be opened to motorists on Friday, July 9, 2010.

Costing P386 million, the Jalandoni Flyover will be formally opened to vehicles by DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and Senator Franklin Drilon, assisted by Undersecretary for Visayas operation Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Congressman Jerry P. Treñas, Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog and other local officials of Iloilo and Western Visayas.

Singson said the opening of the new Jalandoni flyover will boost the strategic tourism support infrastructure and traffic improvement program of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

This major impact project of the DPWH President's Bridge Program Office (PBPO) is a pilot flyover project constructed under French-assisted Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project.

PBP has been at the helm of the many bridge-building projects under the stewardship of several Philippine Presidents. With the new administration, the PBP will continue its mandate of building bridges for the country's progress and development.

DPWH Region 6 director Rolando Asis said that the 315- lineal meter flyover, including approaches at the junction of General Luna-Jalandoni Streets, is the second flyover completed in Iloilo City.

The permanent flyover, with a modular superstructure materials supplied by the French supplier Matiere S.A.S., has five spans and four piers with a total length of 195 lineal meters and road approaches of 120 lineal meters.

The project will contribute immensely in increasing existing road capacity to mitigate traffic congestion in Iloilo City and adjoining provinces, improve business opportunities, productivity and job generation in the locality.

Asis said that the new flyover will also complement the Infante Flyover, which was also constructed by PBPO and completed under the assistance from United Kingdom in December 2007.

Yabut said that the two flyovers in Iloilo City will facilitate the easy transport of people, goods and services along the Western Nautical Highway, which serves as a strong foundation for economic development. (PNA) RMA/LBV

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