Ad­dress­ing traf­fic

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

IT’S good to know that the pro­posed 74-kilo me­ter Metro Cebu Ex­press­way has not been shelved. Not much has been heard about the am­bi­tious project since Pub­lic Works Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar, back in July, said that the con­struc­tion would start this year.

Okay, so it has only been over three months but still, the project, when it was first an­nounced last year, cre­ated a lot of buzz and ex­cite­ment.

Imag­ine an al­ter­na­tive route that will by­pass the con­ges­tion of the ex­ist­ing road net­work that is never far from the heav­ily-pop­u­lated coast and takes ad­van­tage of the moun­tain­ous in­te­rior.

I guess you could say that Cebu’s “back­bone” will fi­nally be put to use.

To those who still don’t know, the P50-bil­lion ex­press­way will con­nect the City of Naga in the south to Danao City in the north, travers­ing the up­lands of Minglanilla, Tal­isay, the cities of Cebu and Man­daue, Con­so­la­cion, Liloan and Com­postela.

The DPWH al­ready al­lo­cated P300 mil­lion for the road right-of-way and the ini­tial civil works for the three-phased project that is ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s term fin­ishes in 2022.

But the project’s up­dated fea­si­bil­ity study is still on fi­nal re­view by the DPWH’s Cen­tral Of­fice, which would ex­plain the “de­lay” in im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Vil­lar had said that they are aware of the mon­strous traf­fic that Ce­buanos in the metro face ev­ery day.

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