DPWH eyes wider access road to SRP

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will widen the Mambaling access road to six lanes from four in anticipation of the traffic situation that will be created once the SM Seaside City opens at the end of the year.

DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said representatives from SM Seaside City, Filinvest Land Inc., South Road Properties (SRP) Management Office, the City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom) and some Cebu City councilors support the plan.

Canlas noted that traffic congestion already occurs from the Mambaling access Road to N. Bacalso Ave., Cebu City during peak hours.

“If SM will finally open, the place will definitely experience a daily traffic problem,” he said.

Width

He said the access road is about 14 meters wide but DPWH needs about 30 meters, 26 meters of which will be allocated for the six-lane road and the remaining four meters for gutters and sidewalks.

Canlas said the city councilors who were present in the meeting told him that the City Government can provide the road-right-of-way (RROW) because it owns both sides of the Mambaling access road.

Canlas said, though, that the access road has to be turned over to the National Government so DPWH can undertake the widening project.

“While there were suggestions to either construct an underpass or widen the access road to eight lanes, I urged the City Government to convert the road from city to national road so that DPWH can take over,” Canlas said.

Ordinance

The councilors assured him the City Council will pass an ordinance converting the access road.

Meanwhile, Canlas said DPWH has allocated only about P148 million for drainage or flood control systems in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

He said DPWH allocated P40.8 million for the drainage in Subangdaku, Mandaue City and another P100 million for the river basin protection projects in Barangays Lahug, Inayawan and Pardo, all in Cebu City.

But he said there are no funds for the construction of the proposed new road that will connect Guadalupe and Lahug to decongest M. Velez St. and Escario St. near the Cebu Provincial Capitol in Cebu City.

The proposed road was endorsed by the Regional Development Council.

However, DPWH District Engineer Nicomedes Leonor said his agency needs about P250 million to implement the project because of the rising cost of RROW.

Canlas also said that since DPWH is mandated to pave all arterial roads on or before the end of 2014 and to pave all secondary roads before the end of 2016, it does not have funds for the opening of new roads.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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