Businessmen blame flyover for Araneta traffic woes
Business owners along the northern end of the newly-inaugurated flyover in Araneta Avenue, Bacolod City have complained that traffic has worsened in that area since the flyover was opened to the public.
Shorter southern approach
Longer northern approach
“Instead of easing the traffic flow, the flyover caused massive congestion in the northern end, along the area bordered by a large mall, hotel, commercial buildings, wet market and a heavy equipment leasing firm,” pointed out one of the affected businessmen, who requested anonymity.
It has been observed that the flyover’s northern approach, at 145 meters, is longer by 40 meters than the southern approach at only 105 meters. Normally, the approaches to the flyover are of equal length on both sides. It appears that the northern approach was lengthened by the contractor, while the southern approach was shortened, simply to comply with the combined specified length of both supposedly equal-length approaches.
The southern approach, which ends conveniently almost parallel to a street between a hotel and a government building, is only 105 meters long. Businesses in the southern end of the flyover are mostly car dealerships and service centers, which do not generate much traffic.
On the other hand, the northern part of the flyover has been a persistent gridlock, even before the construction of the flyover and particularly when the area is flooded after heavy rains.
The area in front of the mall and hotel serves as loading and unloading area of public utility vehicles, compounded by the entry and exit of private vehicles to and from the mall and hotel. This congestion extends more than a hundred meters further south, near the northern approach of the flyover.
The northern approach, which is inexplicably longer at 145 meters than the less-congested southern approach, delivers the northbound vehicles smack into this traffic jam. If the northern approach is of the same length as the southern approach, the vehicles will have more room to smoothly merge with the other vehicles.
Affected businessmen have brought the matter to the attention of Bacolod City officials and the local office of the Department of Public Works and Highways. They called on DPWH to initiate corrective measures to facilitate smoother traffic flow in the area and ensure that the millions of pesos spent in the construction of the flyover do not defeat its purpose.*