PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited Iloilo City Tuesday afternoon to inspect the ongoing construction of the P386.58-million second flyover project along Gen. Luna and Jalandoni streets.

City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said that different jeepney drivers and operators' associations in the city expressed elation over the project that would also include road widening along the Gen. Luna Street.

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Treñas said the city and the Ilonggos, in particular, should be proud to have two flyovers, which would contribute to easing the road traffic, increase traffic capacity in the city and mitigate vehicular congestion.

The city mayor said the project is very timely, considering the increase in city population and improved business opportunities, productivity and job generation provided by investors and business locators, which opted for Iloilo as the next business hub in the whole Visayas.

The proposed 282-meter Luna-Jalandoni flyover project constructed under the President's Bridge Program, Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project is funded by the French Government with French supplier Matiere S.A.S.

Started last December 22, 2009, the flyover project consists of a length of five spans of modular steel flyover, four piers with a total length of 195 linear meters and road approaches of 87 linear meters. It is 7.5 linear meters wide and targeted to be completed on June 22 this year.

Department of Public Ways and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Victor Domingo and Assistant Secretary Emil Sadain will brief the President about the project. The reception party at the project site includes Representative Raul Gonzalez Jr., Treñas, Sadain, DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis and other local city officials.

The President will stay for about one hour at the project site.