Pedestrian overpass at San Pedro proposed

The Board stressed the necessity of the facility in securing public school premises and as a deterrent to crime. (File photo)

A city councilor has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to put up a pedestrian overpass in front of the San Pedro Elementary School (SPES) to ensure the safety of crossing students.

In a resolution, Councilor Peter Maristela noted that the area usually experiences a heavy build up of traffic and poses a danger to school children crossing the highway.

“In fact, there have been numerous vehicular accidents that transpired in the area,” he added.

Maristela said the construction of the overpass would also ease traffic congestion in the area.

The resolution, filed at the regular session of the City Council, has been referred to the public works committee for discussion.

“The overpass will ensure safety among pedestrians, especially the students who are crossing the national highway going to the school and back to their homes,” Maristela said.

Maristela said this need arises as Puerto Princesa City is seeing rapid development and increasing economic activities.

“San Pedro national highway, in between the San Pedro Elementary School and business establishments, is oftentimes congested due to crossing pedestrians and heavy traffic of vehicles,” he added.

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