Iloilo city councilor Plaridel Nava has reiterated his recommendation to remove the Jalandoni flyover fronting the University of San Agustin along Gen. Luna Street in the city proper as one crucial moves to help decongest traffic in this city.
Nava, chairman of the City Council Committee on Transportation, said he had proposed that this flyover be removed and relocated to other areas of concern such as the busy intersection of the widened diversion and Jalandoni street in Jaro or at the diversion and El 98 street.
The Jalandoni flyover at the intersection of Gen. Luna and Jalandoni streets was built during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under the Presidential Bridge Program costing more than PHP300 million.
He admitted he had written city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in October 2014 about the worst traffic situation in the city and pointed to the Jalandoni flyover as one identified sources of traffic congestion. The public transport very seldom uses the flyover and the vehicles passing through the structure interlock with the opposite vehicles and creating a bottleneck at the foot of the flyover.
Obviously, the project has been installed without a scientific study and with no definite purpose. Unlike in the Infante flyover, the Jalandoni flyover has no road intersections which need express road lane, the city councilor said.
He also said there is no need for a legislative action on this and an executive decision in the interest of public welfare and public convenience will suffice.
Similarly, the result of the first multi-sectoral transport summit conducted in February 11, 2015 also pointed to the Jalandoni flyover as a major factor in traffic congestion and recommended its removal. The transport summit aims to find way and means to solve the imminent traffic problems in the city and to adopt measures to improve the traffic system, Nava added.