Council questions road works

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Thursday, April 3, 2014


THE Cebu City Council questioned the simultaneous asphalt-paving projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the city.

While the City Government welcomes any development introduced by DPWH, Councilor Gerardo Carillo said the asphalt-paving projects are being conducted on roads that are still in good condition.

These are at the Cebu-Balamban Transcentral Highway, J. Luna Ave., M.J. Cuenco St., Guadalupe Road, Archbishop Reyes Ave., Colon St., Gov. Cuenco Ave., Lapu-Lapu St., Gen. Maxilom Ext., Salvador St., F. Llamas St., Borromeo St., and M.C. Briones St.

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In a privilege speech, Carillo, who is the chairperson of the council’s committee on traffic management, said the City does not need asphalt-paving projects, but road-widening projects.

This, in order to ease the heavy traffic in the city.

Budget

Carillo pointed out that the City Development Council (CDC) asked the DPWH for a P1.148 billion worth of projects this year.

Of the total amount, P365 million isfor the north district. It covers the widening and concreting of the Bacayan-Pit-os road (P225 million), Talamban-Bacayan road (P80 million) and the Banilad Talamban road (P20 million).

Other items include the concreting of V. Sotto St. (P25 million), concreting of the Arellano Blvd. (P10 million), and dredging of the Subangdaku River (P20 million) among others.

The remaining P783 million, on the other hand, is for the south district. It is supposed to fund the road opening and widening of V. Rama Ave. to Lahug (P150 million), widening of N. Bacalso Ave. from Kinasang-an to Bulacao (P125 million), widening of C. Padilla St. from T. Abella St. to the South Road Properties (P140 million), and the improvement and widening of Salvador St. (P100 million).

These road-widening projects, Carillo said, are the projects that DPWH should implement.

Carillo disclosed that during the weekly meeting of the City Traffic Operations Management, several complaints were raised on the DPWH asphalt-paving projects.

He said the barangays concerned were not consulted by DPWH. Road signs and early warning devices are also not in place, he said.

Inconvenience

Considering that there is no road work allowed by the City during daytime, Carillo said contractors just normally park their heavy equipment in the middle of the road, causing heavy traffic.

“These road pavement and scraping were done simultaneously causing inconvenience among motorists and the public,” he added.

Because of this, Carillo moved to invite in an executive session DPWH 7 and DPWH-Cebu City officials to explain why the asphalt-paving projects are being implemented and to shed light on the status of the road widening projects that are being asked by the CDC.

He also wants to appear before them the secretariat of the CDC and the barangays affected by the asphalt-paving projects.

The council approved Carillo’s motions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 03, 2014.

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