Circumferential road, 4 bridges open for public use

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Friday, June 27, 2014


THE four-lane and 14-kilometer circumferential road around Iloilo City as well as its four component bridges were opened for public use on Friday by President Benigno Aquino III.

The new road is expected to open up new communities along the road and shorten travel time from the municipality of Leganes to Iloilo City from 45 minutes to 15 minutes.

It is also expected to decongest traffic, and enhance international and domestic investments and economic opportunities by providing access to various vital points, such as the Iloilo international airport and Iloilo international port.

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Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the P1.9-billion road project is a vital instrument of the Aquino administration in providing and pushing for the local economy as a magnet for investments and business opportunities.

The project also includes a 2.5-meter wide bicycle lane, concrete sidewalk, street lights and slope protection works on top of four new bridges with a combined total length of 285 linear meters (lm).

The four new bridges are the Iloilo Bridge II with a length of 105 lm, Mandurriao Bridge I spanning 40 lm, Mandurriao Bridge II with 40 lm, and the Jaro Bridge with 100 lm.

President Aquino, during the inauguration Friday, drove through the four bridges onboard an open-type pickup truck. He was accompanied by Senate President Franklin Drilon, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

The City Council recently approved the renaming of the 14-kilometer circumferential road into the President Corazon C. Aquino Highway in honor of the late President. The road starts from the coastal road in Jaro up to the Acropolis by winding up to the boundary of Pakiad, Oton and the Sooc, Arevalo resettlement project.

Also in Friday, Aquino opened a two-kilometer portion of the Senator Benigno Aqunio Jr. Avenue-widening project in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao District in Iloilo.

The road was expanded from the original six lanes to eight lanes, with bicycle lanes and a two-lane service road.

When finished, it will stretch to 15.6 kilometers from the junction of General Luna Street up to the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. The project will cost P424.2 million. (Lydia C. Pendon/With SDR/Sunnex)

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