THE municipal government of Cordova is proposing more than P2 billion worth of road projects to complement the third bridge project once it will be fully operational.
The proposal forms part of the P12-billion estimate for the diversion roads and other infrastructure that Cordova and Lapu-Lapu City will need.
Secretary Adelino Sitoy, chief of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, said that if the proposals are approved, a coastal road with a rotunda will be built near the Pilipog Bridge, where the approach to the Cebu-Cordova bridge will be built.
Sitoy will also suggest that the third bridge be named the Santo Niño Bridge, since it will allow Cordovanhons to attend the yearly religious and cultural celebration of the Fiesta Señor and Sinulog in Cebu City.
“This bridge is very special for us. It will bring us closer to Santo Niño during the celebration every January,” he said.
The proposed diversion roads, Sitoy said, will help decongest roads leading to the new bridge.
Once the bridge will be operational, Sitoy explained that drivers may opt to directly go to the airport when passing the proposed rotunda.
Drivers may also choose to proceed directly to Barangay Punta Engaño where beaches in Lapu-Lapu City are located, without having to pass by Cordova town proper.
Under the proposal of Engr. Soripo Singculan, municipal engineer of Cordova, there will be road openings from Barangay Pilipog to Barangay Gabi, Barangay Ibabao to Gen. Aviation Road, or the road toward the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and from Barangay Ibabao to to M. Patalinhug St.
Cordova is also proposing that the road from the Mactan Economic Processing Zone II in Barangay Basak be expanded to head toward the airport.
Sitoy said the government has to fund the road constructions since these will no longer be part of the budget that the private proponent has set aside for the bridge.
Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC), through its subsidiary Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp., will build and operate the third bridge that will connect Cebu City to Mactan Island. MPTDC signed in April 2016 the public-private partnership (PPP) agreement for the P27.9-billion Cebu-Cordova Bridge project through a joint venture with the local governments of Cebu City and Cordova.
Sitoy said the proposed bridge will include a causeway, toll plaza, viaduct, and two small component bridges. Sitoy said he will submit the additional project proposals to President Rodrigo Duterte, who will lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the bridge project today.
Sitoy said he will also endorse the project proposal to the National Economic and Development Authority and will seek the endorsement of the Regional Development Council, so the Department of Public Works and Highway can include these projects in their 2018 appropriations.
Before today’s program, Duterte is expected to conduct an aerial inspection of the site where the bridge will be built. Construction of the bridge is expected to start in July this year, and work may be completed in 2020.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 02, 2017.
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