A busy modular steel flyover at the intersection of Lazatin Avenue and Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road) in San Fernando City, Pampanga has reopened to traffic once again after it was closed for total rehabilitation for over two (2) months.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Senior Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 conducted final safety checking of the reconstructed Lazatin Steel Flyover before allowing light vehicle traffic movement.
In the presence of Senior Undersecretary Sadain, Project Director Rodrigo Delos Reyes, Region 3 Assistant Director Denise Maria Ayag, Project Managers Nina Maniaul and Samuel Bayot, Pampanga 1st District Engineer Almer Miranda, Bataan 2nd District Engineer Ulysses Lllado and others, light vehicles not exceeding 20 tons and 2.75 meters in vertical clearance started to utilize the modular Lazatin Flyover before noon.
Buses and trucks, and other heavy vehicles are prohibited to use the flyover in order to prolong the service life of the structure.
An overhead gantry with solar lighting was installed on both approaches of the flyover to strictly implement the exclusive use of light vehicle.
The flyover has been closed to traffic since February 11, 2023 and was dismantled to undergo replacement of the 45 pieces of prefabricated segmental slabs that has deteriorated due to passage of overloaded vehicles.
“It is high time the law against overloading is strictly implemented as it prematurely deteriorate our roads and bridges including flyovers and put the safety of other motorists in jeopardy”, added Senior Undersecretary Sadain.
In his report to Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, Senior Undersecretary Sadain said that extensive repair works was completed much sooner ahead of the May 31, 2023 schedule.
Composite girder with asphalt or prefabricated segmental slabs were utilized in order to re-build the flyover faster.
Lazatin Flyover is a two (2) lane, 7.5 meter wide and 195 linear meter long-modular steel flyover that will ease the traffic congestion along Lazatin Avenue and Jose Abad Santos Avenue intersection thereby providing through traffic from San Fernando City to Bataan, Zambales, and vice versa.