Provincial Board pushes for third bridge-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
IF THE Cebu Provincial Board (PB) will have their way, a third bridge will be built to connect Mactan Island to the mainland.
The PB passed a resolution to authorize Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III to negotiate with Manny V. Pangilinan’s company, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), to do a feasibility study for the bridge, at no cost to Capitol.
Davide said the study will take six months to finish.
Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy assured the government will not spend a centavo on the construction as the project will be done on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme.
He said MPTC will implement the project, which will take three years to finish, Sitoy said.
The project will also include reclaiming a 300-hectare area near Shell Island, Sitoy said.
The MPTC will also develop a port surrounding the area, a possible source of revenue, Sitoy said.
The PB resolution authorizes Davide to enter into contract with MPTC chief executive officer Ramoncito Fernandez and the Municipality of Cordova, represented by Sitoy.
The feasibility study will include pre-development, traffic, engineering, and other technical studies, including design, construction, operation and maintenance of the bridge, the resolution sponsored by PB Member Grecilda Sanchez said.
The memorandum of agreement on the project described the bridge as third access linking the Island of Mactan to Cebu City. The bridge will include a viaduct, causeway and arterial roads.
Sitoy said one end of the bridge will be in Barangay Pilipog in Cordova, which is the town’s boundary with Lapu-Lapu City.
The other end may either be at the SRP viaduct or at the mouth of Guadalupe River between Barangays Carbon and Pasil, Cebu City.
“Iapil sa feasibility study ang expansion sa Cebu Harbor,” said Sitoy.
Sitoy said the harbor development will include a reclamation project near Shell Islet in Barangay Day-as, Cordova.
“The project is necessary, practical and logical,” said Sitoy.
He said the third bridge will decongest traffic resulting from the construction boom in the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu.
He said the bridge will be an alternative in going to the airport and resorts in Lapu-
Lapu City and Cordova.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 02, 2013.