CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Officials of the regional public works and highways department clarified that construction of four bridges along the western Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) toward Subic will be completed by June this year and not in 2014 as what is contained in the billboards within the project sites.
Pampanga Chamber and Commerce and Industry Inc. executives led by president Jim Jimenez said the group has been receiving a lot of queries on the projected date of completion of the bridges in Bacolor, Sta. Rita and two in Lubao.
"We have been receiving a lot of queries as to the completion of the four bridges. They have been causing a lot of traffic and many business establishments along those portions of Jasa are getting irked because many motorists prefer to skip the area and use the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway instead. We are not so happy about the traffic like it takes about 40 minutes to get to San Fernando from Guagua," said Jimenez.
Jimenez also reiterated the chamber's request for detour and alternate route signs that may help ease the traffic conditions and avert inconveniences resulting from the construction of the four bridges.
Engr. Lorrie Malalwan said, however, that the bridges will be completed by June 2013.
"It is actually a one-contract construction package that involves other projects in the west like in Zambales which are to be completed by 2014 as stated in the project billboards. But as to the four Jasa bridges, these will actually be completed by June this year," she said.
She said the DPWH will immediate look into the proper traffic management program along west Jasa before starting with the Cabetican Bridge [Bacolor] rehabilitation this coming February. (Jovi T. De Leon)