Repairs set for the sinking Ungka Flyover
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Repairs set for the sinking Ungka Flyover

Feb 6, 2024, 3:39 AM
Cheryl Luis True

Cheryl Luis True


The decision of the Iloilo City Council to greenlight the rectification of the defective P680-million Ungka flyover in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia town, marks a significant milestone in addressing the pressing issue of traffic congestion in the area. With the approval granted to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 to undertake the necessary repairs, the stage is set for a much-needed intervention that promises to alleviate the heavy traffic burden borne by the city and its constituents.

The Ungka flyover, once envisioned as a solution to ease traffic flow and enhance connectivity, has unfortunately fallen short of expectations due to structural defects that have compromised its integrity and functionality. The sinking of the flyover has not only posed safety concerns but has also exacerbated congestion issues, causing economic repercussions for the city and its residents.

Acknowledging the urgency of the situation, the Council's committee on engineering, construction, and public works has rightfully prioritized the need for immediate action. By endorsing the ongoing retrofitting and strengthening efforts to be carried out by Monolithic Construction Corp., the Council has demonstrated its commitment to addressing the root cause of the problem and restoring the flyover to full operational capacity.

The decision to proceed with the repair works underscores a collective recognition of the pivotal role that infrastructure plays in shaping the livability and economic vitality of a city. As traffic congestion continues to impede the seamless movement of goods and people, it undermines productivity, stifles economic growth, and diminishes the overall quality of life for residents.

“The repair must be done for the sinking flyover to fully open to alleviate the heavy traffic being experienced in the area almost every day, causing economic damage to the city and its constituents," read the committee report presented by Councilor Johnny Young during their regular session on January 31, 2024.

The rectification of the Ungka flyover represents more than just a construction project; it symbolizes a commitment to fostering sustainable urban development and enhancing the resilience of Iloilo's transportation infrastructure. By investing in the rehabilitation of critical assets like the flyover, we not only mitigate immediate disruptions but also lay the groundwork for a more resilient and efficient transportation network that can withstand the demands of a growing city.

Moreover, the approval of the repair works serves as a testament to the spirit of collaboration and partnership between the local government, the DPWH, and other stakeholders. It is through such concerted efforts and shared commitment to progress that we can overcome challenges and pave the way for a brighter future for Iloilo and its residents.

As the repair works progress, transparency, accountability, and quality assurance must remain at the forefront of the endeavor. The residents of Iloilo deserve nothing less than infrastructure that is safe, reliable, and built to last.

The decision to rectify the Ungka flyover marks a decisive step towards realizing the vision of a more accessible, efficient, and sustainable urban environment. As we look ahead, let us seize this opportunity to build a city where mobility is seamless, opportunities abound, and the promise of progress is within reach for all.

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