A construction company will introduce to the incoming administration the building of “instant flyovers” aimed at addressing worsening traffic problems in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR).
Jorge Consunji, president and chief operating officer of DM Consunji Inc., the construction arm of conglomerate DMCI Holdings Inc., in a briefing on Wednesday, said members of the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) are confident that the next President would be interested in solving Metro Manila’s traffic woes.
“On behalf of the PCA, we are to introduce a new technology that aims to provide a solution to the worsening traffic conditions in the country, especially in Metro Manila. We want to introduce instant flyovers, in lieu of the conventional flyovers,” the former president of PCA, said.
Consunji noted that although the “instant flyover” is more expensive compared with the conventional one, the former is deemed to be more cost- efficient in terms of construction time and labor.
He said the conventional flyover requires more materials and more time to build and is more labor-intensive.
“Our association would like to propose this new technology. Although it is more expensive versus the construction of conventional flyovers, this technology promises to improve the traffic conditions in Metro Manila,” Consunji added.
A conventional flyover takes about 18 months to complete if right-of-way issues are resolved, is highly reliant on the quality of soil and is dependent on weather conditions.
An instant flyover could reduce the risk of delay since it will make use of pre-fabricated materials.
It costs about P1 billion to P1.2 billion per kilometer, Consunji said.
The Arroyo administration purchased prefabricated flyovers that were meant to be put up in areas in Metro Manila where traffic was heavy but were set aside and not utilized by the Aquino administration.