Third bridge redesign sought

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


METRO Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) officials met with Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy the other day to suggest minor changes or options, in the feasibility study on a proposed third bridge linking Cebu City and Mactan Island.

One of the options raised is having two branches on each of the bridge’s approaches in Pilipog, Cordova side, and in Cebu City side.

“They also gave us an update on what they are doing,” said the governor.

He said they also discussed the proposed reclamation area, the 340-hectare reclaimable area in Shell island, which can be used as a commercial area.

Sitoy said they will meet again on Feb. 27 to finalize MPTC’ss pre-feasibility study with these changes in the plan and cost.

Bicycle lane

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants to incorporate a bike lane in the proposed third bridge.

Initially, he thought that the bike lane could be under the proposed bridge or similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

Rama said the City Government is willing to financially support the project.

“The City Government would be best served by the third bridge so it should come in. If we have given the senior citizens financial assistance then we should be ready to allocate for the bridge, which is for all citizens,” Rama said in his regular press conference last Wednesday.

If things go as planned, Rama hopes the third bridge can be started within his term and completed on a possible third term.

But when the Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) presented its proposed construction of a third bridge last year, the expected launching would be in 2021 yet.

Rama was mum on the discussion with Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC).

It was the third discussion on the third bridge proposal since the project was revived last year, said Rama.

Design

Initially, the proposed bridge would be a six-kilometer long structure with one end built on Shell Island or the former fuel depot of Shell Pilipinas in Cordova and will extend to the mouth of the Guadalupe River, but can also connect to V. Rama Ave. and SRP through C. Padilla St.

This would merit the involvement of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

But Rama said the national agency was not involved.

Rama, who was the last chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7, said he would have wanted the third bridge discussed in the full council meeting.

However, President Benigno Aquino III has yet to appoint a Central Visayas chairperson.

Rama does not want to expect that he would be appointed again considering that he no longer belongs to the same party as the president.

Apart from the third bridge, two other important bridges merit discussion from the RDC 7.

These are the Bohol-Cordova bridge and the Santander-Dumaguete City bridge.

Both bridges link two provinces.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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