Diversion Road elevators to finally operate continuously?

first_imgThe overpass withelevators is a project of DPWH. It has yet to be turned over to the citygovernment four years after its completion in 2015. ILOILO City – Thecity government will hire a total of six personnel to operate the two elevatorsof the overpass on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (formerly Diversion Road)in Mandurriao district. DPWH Region 6operated the elevator for a few months only. In February thisyear, the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) questionedthe DPWH regional office over the nonworking elevators. “I have discussedthis already with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),” saidMayor Jerry Treñas. “Ang problema sang una kay indi magpirma angsyudad sangmaintenance. Sus, aton na gid ina indi pata magpirma,” said Treñas, referring to the administration of then mayorJose Espinosa III. During itsinauguration graced by Sen. Franklin Drilon four years ago, the overpass wasdescribed as “state-of-the-art.” PSTMO chief JeckConlu observed that the overpass had degenerated into a dirty “comfort room”and that very few pedestrians were using it to cross the avenue. In refusing toaccept the facility from DPWH, then mayor Espinosa reasoned out, “Antis kita maghatag dira sang tawo kagmag-maintain, kinahanglan mabal-ankon may spare parts. Kay karun kon saaton na ina kag indi ma-maintain kaythrowaway type, ti budlay man. We arejust being prudent.” Aside fromoperating the elevators, the city government will also be shouldering thefacility’s maintenance, said Treñas.center_img With a length of50.235 meters and a width of three meters, the overpass cost P19,302,321. Fundscame from the Road Board. The DPWH Region 6director at the time the overpass was constructed was Edilberto Tayao. He saidit would reduce traffic congestion on the avenue. The elevatorswere intended for persons with disabilities, the elderly and pregnant women whowere having a hard time crossing the widened avenue. But these haven’t beenoperational. Acting on thefrequent vehicular accidents on the avenue, the PSTMO was finding ways toimprove the traffic situation on the busy thoroughfare. ‘WHITE ELEPHANT’. Iron grills secure this four-year-old unused elevator of the P19.3-million overpass on Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. With very few pedestrians using the overpass, the facility has degenerated into a dirty “comfort room”. The homeless have also found it a good place to rest. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The pedestrianoverpass was built as an additional feature of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.Avenue expansion project, which also included bike and pedestrian lanes. In Jan. 9, 2015DPWH inaugurated what it touted to be a first of its kind in Western Visayas –a pedestrian overpass with two elevators. “Pedestrians,most especially PDWs, would be able to go to various establishments along theDiversion Road without crossing the main road. The city government encouragesthe contribution of private entities to the development and maintenance of thisproject,” Tayao had said./PNlast_img

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