ILOILO CITY: President Benigno Aquino 3rd inspected two major bridges in this city on the eve of Philippine Independence Day.
The bridges are seen as gateway to development of new areas earmarked for expansion and new business hubs in this southern city.
Aquino is in town to lead the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day that would be held for the first time in the historic town of Sta Barbara, Iloilo, some 19 kilometers east of the city.
The new bridges are the P75 million Dungon Bridge IV at Brgy. Calubihan, Jaro district which include the widening and expansion of the existing bridge from four to eight lanes and the bicycle bridge lane; and the P153 million Muelle Loney Bridge covering 2 phases at Barangay Yulo-Arroyo in the city proper and Libertad, Lapuz district across the Iloilo River.
Department of Public Works and Highways Director Edilberto Tayao reported that the projects are substantially completed.
Dungon Bridge IV is a component of the improvement and widening of the Iloilo-Jaro diversion road aimed to reduce traffic congestion and improving access to the Iloilo international airport, the Iloilo Business Park and other business centers.
On the other hand, construction of the Muelle Loney Bridge is divided into two phases costing a total of P153.52 million including the construction of the 690 liner meters esplanade and promenade in the proximity of the bridge and slated for completion by September 2015. The project will provide additional access to the new Iloilo Ferry Terminal. It will also help decongest traffic along the North Marginal Wharf Road, the only access road to the ferry terminal at present.