‘Finish project by November’

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cebu City Engineering District yesterday said they will implement P404.2 million worth of projects in Cebu City this year.

Speaking before the 888 News Forum, District Engineer Fernando Cruz said he is sure these projects, which are ready for implementation, will have a big economic impact on Cebu City.

“Part of our projects is a major construction amounting to P289.5 million. The project, which is the concreting of Don Serging Osmeña Ave., is under contract with WT Construction. It starts from the bridge, which is the boundary of Cebu City and Mandaue City, to Palma St.,” Cruz said.

“This is a major thoroughfare, which needs help and assistance, particularly the re-routing of traffic. We have discussed this project with Mayor Michael Rama and he requested the contractor to complete (the project) before the Sinulog of January 2015, although the project is up to April 5, 2015,” Cruz said.

Cooperation sought

He said Rama wants the early completion of the project so it will not affect next year’s Sinulog.

“I think with the assistance of Citom (City Traffic Operations and Management) and the office of the mayor, we are going to close the section from Radisson Blu Hotel to Palma St. and reroute the traffic on Gen. Maxilom Ave. just for the sake of completing the project early,” Cruz said.

Rama said he will also ask SM City Cebu to beautify the sidewalk in the area, as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Work will start at the Mahiga Creek Bridge to the Cebu Technological University.

The mayor said he wants proper documentation on the project, including the specific date on when it will be started and the projected completion date.

He also wants the project finished by November.

But before the project starts, Rama said he will inspect the re-routing route, which he expects to be diverted along Block 27.

The concreting will be exempted from City Ordinance 2135, which dictates that road work should only be between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to prevent inconveniencing the public.

Otherwise the project will take longer to finish.

Cruz said they have projects that have awarded to contractors amounting to P404 million.

Night jobs

He cited the P15 million for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of a damaged national road, including drainage on M.C. Briones St.; P7.6 million for Arellano Blvd.; P5 million for the arterial road on N. Bacalso Ave.; P20 million for the dredging of Subangdaku River at the boundary of Cebu City and Mandaue City; P8.19 million for flood control along Inayawan River; and P900,000 for the maintenance of Sanciangco Bridge.

Cruz also said that in response to Rama’s call, all preventive maintenance projects should be done at nigh to avoid congesting traffic.

“All of the other projects were all preventive maintenance, meaning it is asphalt overlay. I think we will have no problem with the implementation of these projects because it won’t affect the traffic”, Cruz said.

Also yesterday, Rama said he was glad the contractor removed the heavy equipment he had parked along Mahiga Creek.

Rama had warned last Monday that the City would confiscate the heavy equipment if this wasn’t removed.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2014.

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