Starting March 15 to March 21, 2021, roads along the construction site of the Ungka II flyover in Pavia, Iloilo will be temporarily closed.
According to Jeck Conlu, head of the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), the temporary closure will pave the way for installation of the girders for the construction of the flyover.
A girder is a horizontal main structural member (as in a building or bridge) that supports vertical loads and consists of a single piece or of more than one piece bound together, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
The girder, which is either a large iron or steel beam or compound structure, is used for building bridges and the framework of large buildings.
For this reason, roads particularly from the Ungka II Circumferential Road intersection up to the U-turn slot of the exit of the Christ the King will be temporarily closed to traffic.
Hence, commuters and vehicles bound to Iloilo City are advised to use the following alternative routes: turn right to Circumferential Road to Brgy. Jibao-an to Mandurriao; turn left to Circumferential Road to Brgy. Tacas to Quintin Salas to Jaro Plaza; or turn left to Circumferential Road to Brgy. Tacas to Buhang to Jaro Plaza.
The public may also pass through Pagsanga-an, Pavia to Brgy. Tacas to Quintin Salas to Jaro Plaza or pass the Aganan, Pavia to Jibao-an (Bangga Singko) to Mandurriao.
As for vehicles from Iloilo City going to Pavia or Sta. Barbara, they may use the following alternative routes: Jaro to Quintin Salas to Brgy. Tacas to Pagsangaan (Pavia Road); Jaro to Quintin Salas to Brgy. Tacas to Circumferential Road to City Mall (Pavia) to Pavia Road; and Jaro to Mandurriao to Jibao-an to Circumferential Road to Ungka II to Pavia Road.
The P480 million Ungka II Flyover is among the four flyovers being constructed in the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic and Development Council (MIGEDC) area.
The Ungka II Flyover at the junction of Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and Iloilo Circumferential Road at Brgy. Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo started its construction last January 13, 2020 but suffered delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aside from the Ungka II Flyover, the construction of the P560-million Aganan Flyover also started last year. (ERS)