THE P700-million underpass project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on N. Bacalso Ave. in Mambaling, Cebu City has caused heavy traffic on most days and on some nights, too.
Since DPWH closed N. Bacalso Ave. corner F. Llamas St., bumper-to-bumper traffic has been reported daily in Barangays Mambaling, Punta Princesa and Quiot Pardo, even at midnight sometimes.
The agony of the motorists and commuters may probably last until 2020 when the underpass project is expected to be completed.
Lawyer Ben Cabrido, an environmentalist, said the problem with the Mambaling underpass project is the lack of capability on the part of the contractor to undertake such a difficult task.
“Until such time we have contractors with boring machines, this kind of project should have been shelved,” Cabrido said.
He said that the Metro Manila Subway is another matter and cannot be compared to the Mambaling underpass project because the Japanese contractor there will be using advanced techniques and boring equipment, which would not result in public inconvenience.
Cabrido, who won his case before the Supreme Court on behalf of the dolphins, made the comment because of the heavy traffic in Mambaling and Punta Princesa.
He said the Mambaling traffic affects him as he has official transactions that require him to travel south. He said he is still thinking if there’s a case that can be filed against DPWH because of the project.
Punta Princesa Barangay Councilor Joselito Navarro said the daily heavy traffic is an example of a “man-made” calamity caused by the project.
For his part, DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said they have consulted the stakeholders for the underpass project.
He said the project, once completed, will help solve the city’s traffic problem. (EOB)