Metro Cebu Ex­press­way align­ment may change

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The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) will make a mi­nor ad­just­ment on the align­ment of the Metro Cebu Ex­press­way due to the prob­lem on the road-right-of way (RROW) ac­qui­si­tion and the to­pog­ra­phy of some areas.

In a news con­fer­ence dur­ing the Su­long Pilip­inas 2018 Fo­rum on Fri­day, Nov. 9, DPWH Un­der­sec­re­tary Emil Sadain said they’re study­ing por­tions of the align­ment to de­ter­mine if th­ese are fea­si­ble, as some areas are on the moun­tain­side.

Sadain said the Metro Cebu Ex­press­way and the fourth Man­daue to Mac­tan bridge are two ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects that will be im­ple­mented next year.

The ex­press­way, which will stretch from the City of Naga in the south to Danao City in the north, is ex­pected to cut travel time to at least one hour from the usual three to four hours of travel.

The project is ex­pected to cost P30 bil­lion.

Apart from to­pog­ra­phy, the DPWH 7 is hav­ing prob­lems with the RROW ac­qui­si­tion.

“We’re look­ing at some re­vi­sions at to­tal­ity of im­ple­men­ta­tion be­cause al­though it is a lo­cally funded project by the DPWH Re­gion 7, we saw that there should be a fo­cus on RROW ac­qui­si­tion. There are some align­ment that are un­set­tled yet for RROW,” Sadain said.

DPWH 7 is us­ing P300 mil­lion from its 2018 na­tional bud­get for road ac­qui­si­tion and the ini­tial con­struc­tion of a 2.5-kilo­me­ter four-lane road in the City of Naga, which is part of seg­ment 3 of the project.

The ex­press­way will tra­verse up­land barangays of at least five ci­ties and four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing the ci­ties of Naga, Tal­isay, Cebu, Man­daue, Danao and the towns of Minglanilla, Con­so­la­cion, Liloan and Com­postela.

As to the fourth bridge, Sadain said the DPWH had al­ready sub­mit­ted to the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency the ap­pli­ca­tion for pos­si­ble fund­ing from the Ja­pan Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion and Civil Works.

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