REP. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing wants a study to find out if a coastal highway from the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City to Liloan is feasible.

Quisumbing (Cebu Province, Sixth District) met with Sec. Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last Tuesday to push for a feasibility study.

The legislator, whose district covers Mandaue City and the towns of Consolacion and Cordova, said the coastal highway will help address Mandaue City’s traffic woes.

“Mandaue has long been the gateway of the island of Cebu. With the ever increasing prosperity of Metro Cebu, it is necessary to develop new routes to address traffic and development issues,” Quisumbing said in a statement sent to Sun.Star Cebu.

“I feel that this, in tandem with the development of a mass transit system, will address the concerns of our traffic problem,” he said, referring to the coastal highway.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has long supported the idea of building a coastal highway to decongest the city’s roads.

He raised the idea during a meeting of the Regional Development Council in 2013.

From the SRP, the proposed coastal highway will stretch along Mandaue City and Consolacion up to Liloan.

Donato Busa, president of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said a coastal highway from the Cebu International Port to Liloan that is dedicated for cargo trucks will help address Mandaue’s traffic woes.

Busa earlier said the extended truck ban hours implemented for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation events brought home the need for a coastal highway.

The cities of Mandaue, Cebu and Lapu-Lapu earlier implemented longer truck ban hours to decongest roads for the delegates.

Cortes announced last August that the City has allocated P27 million for a new road in Barangay Cabancalan to decongest the city’s choke points.

The proposed road, he said, will serve as an alternative route for vehicles bound to northern barangays.

The simultaneous road repairs in Mandaue City implemented by the DPWH 7 have worsened traffic in recent months.

The City has implemented a one-way scheme in some roads in the hope of easing traffic.

Last week, the City Council adopted a resolution requesting the Metro Manila Development Authority to conduct a free comprehensive study of Mandaue City’s traffic situation.

Councilors Emmarie Ouano-Dizon and Elstone Dabon sponsored the resolution.