MANILA, Philippines - The long wait is finally over.
President Aquino on Friday formally opened the C-3 (G. Araneta Avenue)-Quezon Avenue Interchange project, doing a ceremonial drive-by to mark the formal opening of the underpass in Barangay Santo Domingo and Tatalon, Quezon City.
The four-lane 440-meter long underpass road is expected to provide great relief for motorists and reduce travel time for those going to and from Quezon City.
The project includes the construction of three units of submersible pumps to prevent flooding of the underpass, especially since floodwater can go up very quickly in this area.
According to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, the total cost of the project was brought down to P430.019 million, which is below the original budget allocation of P694.15 million and approved budget for the contract (P534.614 million).
Aquino lauded the agency for the savings and for completing the project more than two months ahead of time.
The contract’s start date was June 20, 2011, with the original target completion date on December 10, 2012. Ciriaco Corporation was the project contractor.
The amount already includes the installation of street lights, traffic signs, and drainage facilities.
“Bakit naman kayo hindi mai-impress, ‘di ba? P694 [million] ang budgeted naging P430 [million] tapos ahead of schedule pa ho. December 10 dapat, hundred days in advance (applause). At tama po ‘yon, dito nakalaan sa Quezon City sobra ng mga P160 [million]. Palagay ko merong pinaplano si Mayor diyan. Tutulungan ko na lang,” Aquino said in his remarks.
Motorists were finally allowed to use the interchange shortly after the ceremony.
“Habang nagsasalita tayo dito, hindi pa nagagamit ‘yung dapat magpa-ginhawa sa ating mga kababayan. So iiksihan ko na lang ho, congratulations syempre sa ating Kalihim ng Public Works and Highways sa pagsu-supervise niya nitong project na ‘to; doon sa construction company na tumupad sa pangako—ahead of time,” he said.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the flyover along Commonwealth will also be opened within the year.
He added that construction of other DPWH projects along A. Bonifacio and interchanges on EDSA will also start soon.
“Just so mabawasan natin yung traffic. DPWH pa lang ‘yun. Wala pa ‘yung mga DOTC projects that we feel… matagal nang dapat na-implement,” Bautista said.