THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct a public bidding on the feasibility study (FS) for two diversion roads in Cebu that could partly solve the traffic problem.
The first diversion road will pass the old railway track from Talisay City, Minglanilla town to Naga City, as recommended by the local government units (LGUs).
The second diversion road is from Barangay Guadalupe (near the barangay hall) to Lahug (near University of the Philippines Cebu), both in Cebu City.
DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said that the two FS will cost P4 million.
Engr. Nonie Paylado, chief of planning and design, and Engr. Rogelio Sayson, chief of construction, both of DPWH 7, said they already submitted the Terms of Reference (TOR) and Agency Budget for Contract (ABC) to their central office in Manila for approval.
“Once the documents will be forwarded back to us, we will immediately conduct the public bidding,” Paylado said.
Earlier, businessman Glenn Soco, chairman of the infrastructure development committee of the Regional Development Council (IDC-RDC), said that once the Guadalupe-Lahug Diversion Road will be realized, the traffic on Escario St., in front of the Cebu Provincial Capitol, may be reduced by about 50 percent.
Soco said the FS will determine whether the diversion road connecting Guadalupe and Lahug will include a tunnel or level up the mountainous area.
Soco said that with the support of Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, these projects will be realized within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The chief of a coastal village in Minglanilla supports the plan of the national government to build a P16-billion bypass road that will go from his barangay to Talisay City.
But some residents in Barangay Tungkil are concerned that they might be displaced by the project.
Barangay Tungkil Chief Joey Camota told SunStar Cebu that the project is greatly needed especially that it aims to divert traffic from the national highway.
“Kung para sa kaayohan, musuporta gyud ko (If it’s for the good, I’m supporting it),” Camota said.
Camota said the proposed project can also help in diverting trucks from the national highway, especially those from companies situated in their village.
But residents living in the coastal barangay are concerned that some of them might be misplaced if the project pushes through.
Merlie Caña, who lives in Sitio San Roque in the same barangay, said she is concerned that some of them might be transferred to other locations to make way for the new road.
A feasibility study is still to be conducted to determine how the bypass road will be built.
For Talisay City Mayor Eduardo Gullas, a bypass road from Minglanilla to Talisay City could help solve the worsening traffic situation in the first district of Cebu.
Gullas told SunStar Cebu that when he was still a congressman, he wanted to find funding for the construction of a road within the city’s old railway system.
His idea was eventually used for the bypass road being proposed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). (EOB, JKV)