DPWH presents P1.7-B infra projects feasibility studies
CEBU CITY – The Regional Development Council-7 Investment Development Committee (RDC-IDC) recently discussed the feasibility studies on different proposed infrastructure projects aimed at solving Metro Cebu’s traffic woes.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-7) Regional Director Edgar Tabacon said these projects, if implemented, will be constructed under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
A team from the DPWH-7 headed by Engineer Tabacon presented projects that include five depressed structures, underpasses, overpasses, and intersection improvements in Cebu City. These infrastructure projects will hopefully solve the traffic problem. The purpose of these projects is to improve the flow of traffic in different intersections,” Tabacon told the committee.
The projects included the 700-meter long depressed structure at the junction of M.J. Cuenco Avenue and General Maxilom Avenue and another one along the intersection in Gorordo Avenue and Doña Modesta Gaisano Street.
The DPWH-7 also presented three routes of underpass projects - along D. Jakosalem Street, F. Sotto Drive, Archbishop Reyes, Governor Cuenco, to culminate in Talamban Proper; along Salinas Drive, Pope John Paul II Avenue, and Sergio Osmena Jr. Boulevard; and along Cardinal Rosales Avenue, F. Cabahug Street connecting the H. Cortes flyover in Mandaue City.
The feasibility study on these depressed structures and underpass projects has a total cost of P1.789 billion. Also reflected in the DPWH-7 PAPS is the feasibility on the construction of Cebu Transaxial Highway which costs P8 million.
Engineer Nonato Paylado, DPWH-7 planning officer, said the two consulting firms that undertake the feasibility of those infrastructure projects have estimated to finish their studies by the end of this month. “After the feasibility study proper, prioritization of project implementation will follow,” Paylado told the Philippine News Agency in a separate interview.
The proposed depressed structure along M.J. Cuenco Avenue and General Maxilom Avenue might be submitted to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee, considering that the project cost exceeds PHP2.5 billion, Paylado said.
These infrastructure projects are, however, moved for further discussions. According to Tabacon, the study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has revealed that the traffic problem in the metro has caused Php1.3-billion productivity loss.
The regional director of DPWH-7 also said that JICA has culminated the study on the fourth bridge connecting mainland Cebu to Mactan Island. Construction of the third bridge, the Cebu-cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), linking Cebu City and the municipality of Cordova, Cebu is ongoing.
Officials of the Cebu-cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., and the Metro Pacific Investment Corp. assured to finish the third bridge by 2021 in time for the 500th anniversary celebration of the birth of Christianity in the country. (John Rey Saavedra)