By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite — The Daanghari Road-Aguinaldo Highway Flyover in Barangay Anabu here will open after a virtual dry run.
City Engineer Christian Mervin S. Sarno said the flyover was opened temporarily but was closed again recently “for the finishing touches.”
Sarno said the flyover will likely be opened “maybe in a week or two” once the cementing of the lower portion is done.
The city’s first flyover reportedly cost P264 million. It links Aguinaldo Highway and Daanghari Road, two of Imus’ busiest roads, and nearby Anabu roads leading to the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calaex).
Construction started in 2016. It is a project of Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Third District (Imus) Representative Alex L. Advincula and Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi and the local administration.
The officials said the flyover will ease the traffic flow along Aguinaldo Highway and Daanghari Road and other areas in the city, and even neighboring Dasmariñas City.
The construction was delayed for years reportedly due to the right-of-way issues and the collapse of its portion that happened on May 19, 2018.
Officials said the collapse was accidental, as the flyover beam was hit by a passing crane, causing five girders to give way.
The accident happened as the last two girders were being put in place.
The collapse damaged a truck of JBL Builders, the construction firm, and a motorcycle of an Imus Traffic Management officer.
JBL Builders and William Uy Construction spent about P20 million for rebuilding the collapsed section.