Northern alternate route mulled

THE Cebu Provincial Government plans to develop a 40-kilometer alternate road that will shorten travel time from the cities of Cebu to Danao.

The project, which will start in Barangay Pit-os in Cebu City and exit in Barangay Canamucan in Compostela, aims to decongest traffic on the main highway, said Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said they plan to develop the road in preparation of the proposed 74-kilometer Naga-Danao Expressway.

From Cebu City, the alternate route will pass Barangays Pit-os, Binaliw, Mabini and Paril before crossing Compostela through Barangays Tag-ube, Basak, Mulao, and Dapdap before exiting the main highway.

“It’s not a shorter distance, but time-wise, it’s shorter because we have no other alternative,” Magpale said.

Davide said the plan is part of the Province’s Greenway Links project that aims to develop alternate roads to decongest traffic on the main highway and promote activity in upland areas.

Avoiding traffic

Davide said they will concrete portions of the existing route that have yet to be cemented and repair portions that are damaged.

The governor said they are also looking for other alternate routes in the Province.

Compostela Mayor Joel Quiño, for his part, said he approves the Province's plan as it will allow motorists to avoid traffic-marred areas in Mandaue City, Liloan and Consolacion.

But Quiño admitted that barangays crossed by the alternate route still don’t have street lighting and may pose a problem for motorists, especially at night.

He said he plans to address this next year.

Danao City Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III also said the alternate route can benefit a lot of his constituents, especially those who complain about the traffic before reaching the city.
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