Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City has urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to help in making the city’s roads environmentally sound, particularly in the widening of traffic congested avenues.
Bautista said DPWH road widening plans should include planting of more trees on the sidewalks to replace those being cut or removed.
He also said that widening of roads, like the Gen. Luis in Novaliches, should also require widening of sidewalks.
Mayor Bautista gave these suggestions during a DPWH public consultation at QC Hall for a feasibility study for the improvement and widening of the Gen. Luis Road from Quirino Highway in Quezon City to McArthur Highway in Valenzuela City.
During the consultation, Councilor Jose Visaya of District 5 told the facilitators that recently a team from the DPWH visited Barangay Novaliches Proper and informed Barangay Chairman Asuncion Visaya, the councilor’s wife, regarding plans for the construction of a Y-shape viaduct or flyover in the barangay. The proposed viaduct will start from the Novaliches Church and extend to Savemore Supermarket at Gen. Luis, with a branch going to Gulod.
The councilor urged the team of Engr. Joselito Losaria, a resettlement specialist, to conduct further consultations with the barangays and other concerned parties in the project area.
Having served as barangay captain of Novaliches Proper for three terms, Councilor Visaya is very familiar with the traffic problems in the area.
Engr. Losaria and his team agreed to visit Novaliches Proper on February 28 for a dialogue with barangay officials. Councilor Visaya also invited barangay officials from Nagkaisang Nayon and nearby communities to participate in the dialogue.
District 2 Councilor Precious Hipolito, who was also at the public consultation at QC Hall, urged the DPWH team to see to it that all property owners to be affected by the Gen. Luis project should be compensated.
The Gen. Luis Road is one of Quezon City ’s vital links to the cities of Valenzuela and Bulacan. The average daily traffic on Gen. Luis consists of more than 12,600 vehicles and another 21,500 motorcycles and tricycles, resulting in the slowing down of commerce and the movement of goods and delivery of basic services in the area.