Fourth Bridge seen to dra­mat­i­cally ease traf­fic

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Morexette Marie B. Erram and Jessa Mae O. Sotto

THE con­struc­tion and even­tual com­ple­tion of the fourth bridge that would link Mac­tan Is­land and main­land Metro Cebu have been ea­gerly awaited by both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

Man­daue City Vice Mayor Carlo For­tuna said they are elated with the an­nounce­ment of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) that con­struc­tion of the fourth Mac­tan-Cebu bridge will start next year.

“This project has been most awaited and we are elated that the process has now com­menced,” For­tuna told CEBU

DAILY NEWS over the phone yes­ter­day.

He added that the fourth bridge will ad­dress the grid­lock be­tween main­land Cebu and Mac­tan Is­land.

Stan­ley Go, Pres­i­dent of Man­daue Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MCCI), is hop­ing that the project will be im­ple­mented on time to spur fur­ther devel­op­ment in the north­ern por­tion of Metro Cebu.

“Hav­ing a fourth Mac­tanCebu bridge is strate­gic in na­ture since it will pro­vide fur­ther ac­cess to Mac­tan Is­land from main­land Cebu, re­gard­less if its end­point will be lo­cated in Man­daue City, Con­so­la­cion, or Liloan,” said Go.

Busi­ness leader and chair of the In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee of the Re­gional Devel­op­ment Coun­cil in Cen­tral Visayas (RDC-IDC), Glenn Soco, like­wise is hop­ing that the fourth bridge will im­prove traf­fic flow in the area.

“It’s a very good devel­op­ment that other coun­tries, like Ja­pan, has shown in­ter­est in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance with our in­fra needs be­cause what we need ac­tu­ally is ex­ter­nal in­ter­ven­tions in pur­su­ing big-ticket projects,” said Soco.

Al­le­vi­at­ing the traf­fic woes in Man­daue City is also what the Traf­fic En­force­ment Agency of Man­daue (Team) is ex­pect­ing es­pe­cially since the

city has be­come the gateway for peo­ple com­ing from Mac­tan Is­land where Cebu’s lone in­ter­na­tional air­port, tourist spots and high-end re­sorts are lo­cated.

TEAM chief Glenn An­tigua said they have a rough es­ti­mate of 500,000 trips made by ve­hi­cles travers­ing ma­jor roads to and from Man­daue City and Lapu-Lapu City.

An­tigua be­lieves that a fourth bridge would ease traf­fic es­pe­cially for ve­hi­cles from the north go­ing to Mac­tan and vice versa.

“Dako kaayo nag im­pact kay ang mga ve­hi­cles go­ing north kay dili na moagi sa Marcelo Fer- nan Bridge (sec­ond bridge),” he said.

An­tigua also as­sured that the con­struc­tion of the fourth bridge will not be an added dis­com­fort to driv­ers and com­muters es­pe­cially with the on­go­ing devel­op­ment of the P946-mil­lion tri-level project at U.N. Av­enue in Man­daue City.

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THE fourth Mac­tan-Man­daue bridge is ex­pected to dra­mat­i­cally ease traf­fic flow es­pe­cially in the north­ern parts of Metro Cebu.

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