DPWH vows to pursue flyover projects PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:25

By Remus Ong

A public works official said that it is only the court of law that can stop the government from implementing the two multi-million flyover projects in Zamboanga City.

Engr. Leoncio Solamillio, Chief of DPWH-9’S Construction Division, explained that the implementation of the projects have been identified and listed in the General Appropriations of the DPWH.

DPWH officials are answerable should the projects be shelved for whatever reason, said Solamillo.

Solamillio also confirmed that the construction of the two flyovers have been delayed for a month due to considerations being asked by the Zamboanga local government.

The project implementation was supposed to start last October 3 but the Zamboanga local government requested for a postponement due to Fiesta Pilar activities.

“At present, we have to start the project.  They cannot suspend this. If they have the intention, they must write us and go to court,” said Solamillo.

In her regular press briefing last Monday, Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar expressed concerns that the construction of the flyover may worsen the city’s traffic congestion on major intersections where the flyover projects will be located.

Solamillo said that their department has already coordinated with the local government and the City Police Traffic Management Group for a dry run on the proposed traffic rerouting scheme in the two areas where the flyover projects will be constructed.

A traffic study was conducted to assess the effect of the flyover project before and after its construction.

“We have the proper feasiblity study on these projects. Our basis is the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the city’s zoning ordinance where the flyovers are part of the long-term proposed project,”  Solamillo explained.

The DPWH Engineer also said that their office held a coordinating conference with the city’s stakeholders to address the traffic congestion once the projects start.

Solamillo said that sad to say,  the LGU representative opposed the proposed traffic rerouting scheme if the road widening along Gov. Camins will not come first.

The official said that they cannot afford to  delay the implementation of the project because they have a timeline to follow as prescribed in the project contracts.

The winning contractor has 504 calendar days to complete the two flyover projects.

“By all means, we will pursue this project, we will start this month, nobody can stop us we have to do our mandate as prescribed by the Philippine government,” Solamillo said.

Solamillo said that they are coordinating with the local government in the implementation of the projects but the latter cannot prevent the DPWH from implementing such.

“The only big issue here is the traffic congestion. While we are constructing the fly-over projects, please spare our office in politics, we are here to deliver our services to the people, no more, no less,” Solamillo said.

The first flyover project construction will comprise the composition of interchanges, underpasses, long span bridges along MCLL highway crossing Gov. Camins, as well as Veterans Avenue and Sta. Cruz intersection and all its right of ways leading to Gov. Camins Avenue.

It cost Php223,278,938.97 and has the total length of 437.70 linear meters  with a bridge length of 248.62 linear meters. Its longest period for completion is 504 calendar days.

The second flyover to be constructed will be along the vicinity of Taupan street, Suterville/Gavilan intersection crossing the Zamboanga City-Labuan highway which costs some PhP 234,866,963.73.

It has a total length of 470 linear meters and the Bridge length of 212.27 linear meters, and is expected to be completed within 552 calendar days. (Remus Ong)