Villar inaugurates Magsaysay-Araneta flyover today

Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be guest of honor with other top DPWH officials Cong. Greg Gasataya, and city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, at the inauguration of the P365 million flyover project at Magsaysay Avenue-Araneta Street, today, December 19, 2017. This is a double-lane pavement with five spans of modular steel, four piers with a total length of 195 lineal meters, and road approaches of 280 meters, funded under the French Government-Assisted Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project.

This flyover project was initiated by Leonardia when he was congressman in 2014, having facilitated the requirements for the construction of the Araneta-Magsaysay flyover, namely, the passing of NEDA requirements per feasibility study, including traffic assessment, in July 2014; the conduct of public consultation in November 2014; and the construction of preparatory works, including road widening and road improvement, in 2015 and in 2016, that incumbent Cong Gasataya pushed through with it. Leonardia also said, “this flyover project is a dream come true. We envisioned it to ease the traffic volume of a growing metropolis. It is expected to contribute to the economic stimulation and modernization of infrastructure facilities in the city. This is a classic example that when the congressman and the mayor work together, more projects and programs are harmonized and facilitated. And in this partnership, it is the people who benefit from all these, and they are the real winners.”

How it started, Leonardia recounts that in December 2015, as congressman, he facilitated the signing of memorandum of agreement between the DPWH and the city government, when Gasataya was acting mayor. He also facilitated the preparations for the widening of peripheral roads when he was still congressman, and the actual works on the elevated portion of the Araneta-Magsaysay flyover was started by Gasataya in August 2016.

Leonardia had worked for two flyover projects in Bacolod, but then construction of the other one that would have been located at the junction of Burgos St. and Carlos Hilado Highway (Circumferential Road) was hampered.

This is the second flyover project in the city. The first one is at Lacson Street in Brgy. Bata. Expected to grace the occasion are the police traffic officials, motorists and others.*(Edith B. Colmo)


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