Construction of 2 Zamboanga City flyovers starts this month
Photo of a recently launched fountain in Zamboanga City attracting tourists. (Zamboanga City government)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways-9 (DPWH-9) is eyeing to simultaneously undertake the construction of two flyovers and road widening projects in this city this November.

Leoncio Solamillo, DPWH-9 construction division chief, on Tuesday said the construction of the two flyovers will be undertaken by the regional office and the road widening, by the District Engineering Office of the agency.

The construction of the two flyovers will cost PHP458.14 million and is aimed at easing the traffic problem in this city.

One of the two flyovers will be constructed at the junction of the Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat (MCLL) Highway-Governor Camins-Veterans Avenues while the other one will be at the junction of Labuan-Limpapa Gabilan-San Roque.

Solamillo said they will conduct a rerouting traffic scheme dry-run on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the junction of MCLL highway-Governor Camins-Veterans Avenues to check on the volume of traffic in the area.

A rerouting of traffic will be implemented once the construction of the flyovers starts, which Solamillo said will start this month.

The flyover project was supposed to start on October 3 but was deferred upon the request of the city government in view of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.

Meanwhile, the DPWH District Engineering Office (DPWH-DEO) has started the initial ground works in preparation for the road widening project along the stretch of Governor Camins Avenue from the intersection of Canelar-Sta. Maria road to the intersection of Mayor Vitaliano Agan Avenue.

The DPWH-DEO is tasked to widen the road by adding two lanes with a funding of PHP75.4 million. An amount of PHP18 million has also been allocated to widen, also by two lanes, the San Ignacio Bridge along Governor Camins Avenue. (PNA)