Fea­si­bil­ity study for 4th bridge set

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - Carlo Loren­ciana Staff Mem­ber

The fea­si­bil­ity study for a fourth bridge that would link Mac­tan Is­land to main­land Cebu is ex­pected to start next year.

The study will be con­ducted through a grant from the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways un­der­sec­re­tary Emil Sadain said yes­ter­day prepara­tory sur­vey for the bridge project will likely start by Jan­uary 2019.

"We have co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing with JICA rep­re­sen­ta­tive and DPWH to dis­cuss the fea­si­bil­ity study sched­uled on Nov. 21, 2018," Sadain said dur­ing a press brief­ing at the "Su­long Pilip­inas" eco­nomic fo­rum at the City Sports Club in Cebu City.

Ja­pan will fund the fourth bridge project, es­ti­mated to cost P3 bil­lion (US$57.69 mil­lion).

Sadain said the agency was hop­ing to fin­ish the project within Duterte’s term but its ac­tual time­line is be­tween 2019 and 2023.

"The project is lo­cated across the Mac­tan Chan­nel and will span both main­land Cebu and Mac­tan Is­land," he said.

The JICA has pro­posed that one end of the bridge will be in Barangay Cansaga area in Con­so­la­cion town while the other end will be in Barangay Pu­sok in Lapu-Lapu City.

Sadain said the new bridge will ad­dress the ris­ing traf­fic de­mand be­tween main­land Cebu and Mac­tan re­sult­ing from in­creas­ing air pas­sen­gers, new traf­fic gen­er­a­tors from eco­nomic and tourism zones, and ex­panded ur­ban­iza­tion in north­ern Metro Cebu.

Two bridges al­ready link Mac­tan to Man­daue City in the main­land.

A third toll bridge, the Cebu-Cor­dova Link Ex­press­way, is now be­ing built to con­nect Cor­dova town in Mac­tan to Cebu City in the main­land, set for com­ple­tion by 2021.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza takes a selfie af­ter de­liv­er­ing the city’s state of the chil­dren’s ad­dress at the Hoops­dome yes­ter­day. JOY TORREJOS

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