Lack of funds delay BGH flyover project

BAGUIO CITY (Feb. 14) — The BGH flyover will not be finished this 2007 due to lack of funds.

Earlier Engineer Arnold Agcamaran of the M.G. Lualhati Construction Corporation, a general contractor for the BGH flyover construction said an additional P280 million is needed for the completion of the BGH flyover. Engineer Gil Nuque of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), however said P116 million is needed for the completion of Phases I to IV of the flyover.

“The construction of the BGH flyover will be finished in 2008 if funds would be released this year or 2009 if funds are given next year,” Nuque said. He added that Phase IV, which is the construction of the steel box girder is yet to be bidded out. He also said there are no estimates yet for Phase V.

Nuque disclosed that P64M was previously requested for the completion of the BGH flyover project. The actual construction expenses however, increased due to price increases in construction materials. He said the project was planned in 2000 but the funds were bidded in 2002 and the actual construction started in 2006. He iterated that prices of materials for the construction already increased by the time the construction started. He said the construction of Pier 1 to Pier 5 already costs P70M.

Meanwhile, DPWH data showed that out of the P116 million, P43 million would be spent for Phase I; P19 million for Phase II, P24.2 million for Phase III and P20 million for Phase IV. The same data showed that Phase I is already 45.9% finished. The said phase include the construction of approach A in Marcos Highway, the widening of service road at the BGH area, the resizing of BGH rotunda, the reinforcement of concrete deck slab from abutment A to Pier 1 and the reinforcement of concrete railing from approach A to Pier 1.

DPWH reported that Phase III is already 30% finished, which include the construction of approach B in Governor Pack Road, the reinforcement of concrete deck slab from abutment B to Pier 5 and the continuation of the bridge drainage. Phase II was finished last December 2006. # Gladys Gabrielle C. Espinola for NORDIS

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