SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union –Mayor Pablo C. Ortega leads officials in the blessing and inauguration of three pedestrian overpasses worth P 11.9-million that opened to the public last Monday.

The underpasses, made of pre-cast concrete, are located in the three main approaches to the city proper–Rizal Avenue, Burgos street, General Luna street–and measures 42 meters, 19.494 meters and 20.328 meters, respectively. All measures 2.5 meters wide and 6.72 feet in height.

“We built the overpasses to ease traffic congestion in the city’s central business district and to ensure safety of pedestrians crossing the national highway,” Ortega said.

Meanwhile, the national highway from Rosario town in south to Sudipen town is now undergoing road widening, from two lanes to 4 lanes, as the city also expects an increase of the number of travelers and tourists coming in this city.

” We foresee that more visitors will come to the city and these overpasses will support the same aim for the city,” Ortega added.

The overpasses were contracted by the Frey-Fil Corporation, a Manila construction company which built several infrastructure projects such as the C-5 Extension Interchange and bridges in Taguig, Alabang viaduct, Batangas flyover, Iloilo City Hall and the likes.

It was learned that the construction of the overpasses started on April 2015.

Mayor Ortega led the cutting of the ribbon together Fr. Roberto Benito Collado, parish priest of St. William Cathedral, who blessed the infra project. City councilors Joseph de Guzman, Mario Lacsamana and Wilfredo Ordoño and the city employees also graced the activity.

Earlier, the blessing and inauguration of the newly-upgrade Legislative or Marcos Building’s Health and Wellness Center were done including the groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Auxilliary Wet Market. Erwin Beleo and VA / northboundasia.com