Underpass mulled to ease Bonifacio Drive congestion

ILOILO City – Having an underpass beneath the frequently congested Bonifacio Drive for pedestrians crossing from the provincial capitol to Casa Plaza building and vice versa may help decongest the area, according to the city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO).

PSTMO head Jeck Conlu requested the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to study the plan.

Bonifacio Drive is a major intersection. During rush hours it gets congested. Vehicles are bumper-to-bumper and move very slowly.

Conlu said he opened the underpass idea to Metro Manila Development Authority (DPWH) personnel that assessed the city’s traffic situation recently.

Mayor Jerry Treñas asked the MMDA to come up with recommendations on how the city government could best manage the traffic.

When PSTMO and MMDA surveyed Bonifacio Drive, Conlu said, they found out that over 1,000 people were crossing the pedestrian lane between the capitol and Casa Plaza each day.

This volume of crossing pedestrians contributes to the congestion, said Conlu.

An underpass is ideal in the area, said Conlu, because an overpass would be obstructing the view of the provincial capitol.

“We’re just waiting for feedback from DPWH,” said Conlu.
The PSTMO chief also revealed learning from the MMDA that pedestrian lanes should be installed every 200 meters or not lower than 200 meters.

“Two hundred meters is walkable,” he explained./PN

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