Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez yesterday admitted that a lot of improvements are needed at the flyover so it will no longer be declared accident- prone.
The Traffic Management Unit recently declared the flyover, along with other places in the city as accident-prone, because no adequate signages are in the area to warn commuters of the islands at the approach to the structure.
Golez said the Department of Public Works and Highways should look into this and take necessary steps to reduce accident occurrences at the flyover and that additional lights should be installed by the local government in the area.
The declaration of the flyover as accident-prone got the ire of City Administrator Rogelio Balo who told the TMU to explain what considerations were made, and what were the reasons for declaring these areas accident-prone.
Golez said that they, as officials, should be open-minded and the TMU only wanted to warn the public by declaring the flyover and other areas as accident-prone so they will be extra careful when they travel on these places.
As to the second flyover, Golez said there is a big chance that it would be pushed through this year.
Originally, the second flyover was to be built at the junction of Magsaysay Avenue and Araneta Street, where a study had been conducted, but Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia suggested that it should be placed at the junction of Circumferential road and Burgos Street, instead, Golez said.
However, putting the second flyover at the Circumferential road and Burgos Street is time consuming as another study is needed, he also said.
The study had been made when the airport has still located at Araneta Street, but with its transfer to Silay, traffic in the area has considerably reduced.
Golez said it would be better to establish the second flyover at the junction of Magsaysay Avenue and Araneta Street and they will ask the DPWH to build another one at the junction of Circumferential road and Burgos Street.*APN