Coastal highway pushed; Mayor seeks support-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes wants the Regional Development Council (RDC) to study the possibility of creating a coastal highway to decongest roads in Mandaue.
Cortes said building a coastal highway is more practical than widening the existing roads, which would affect many commercial and residential buildings.
“All vehicles going to Cebu City and to the province pass through Mandaue. That’s why traffic congestion is one of our major problems,” he told reporters last Friday.
Cortes said he raised the need for a coastal highway during an RDC meeting at the Capitol two months ago.
“A coastal highway will definitely decongest traffic in Mandaue,” he said, adding the academe can be tapped to conduct a feasibility study.
Cortes said the coastal road will start from Barangay Subangdaku to Barangay Jagobiao.
It will pass along other coastal barangays like Centro, Looc, Opao, Umapad and Labogon.
The coastal highway, he said, will serve as an alternative road for vehicles going to northern town and Cebu City. Most vehicles going to the northern towns and to Cebu City take M.C. Briones St.
He said the plan will require the support of other local government units, as well as the National Government.
“We need a collective effort to solve the traffic problem,” he said, adding that traffic is one of the concerns the Mega Cebu program aims to address.
The program, spearheaded by the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, aims to bring together seven cities and six towns that compose Metro Cebu to address pollution, traffic congestion, floods and other problems brought about by urbanization.
Cortes said the traffic congestion in Mandaue is not only a problem of the city, but also of the Metro Cebu and the province.
Cortes said he also supports the idea to build a third bridge connecting the mainland and Mactan Island, but he said the bridge should not be built in Mandaue.
“Kanang Cebu City to Cordova nga bridge okay kaayo na (A bridge linking Cebu City and Cordova is a good option) to decongest traffic in Mandaue. If the third bridge will still be in Mandaue, we’re not solving the traffic problem here,” he said.
Modern traffic lights were recently installed in nine major road intersections to manage the flow of traffic.
The City aims to become the premier business destination in central Philippines by 2016.
Cortes, in his inaugural address last July, said the City will undertake a 200-hectare reclamation project near the Cansaga Bay to attract more investors. Called the Mandaue Global Central Project, the area will host commercial, industrial and residential establishments.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 07, 2013.