MOTORISTS have a month to use the two-way lanes of the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge while repair of its sidewalks is being done.
After this, traffic flow at the first bridge will be scheduled when repair of its road starts.
Jegma Construction, the contractor of the bridge rehabilitation project, yesterday said that the repair of the sidewalk will take a month.
Officials of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities agreed on a traffic schedule at the bridge.
Jegma project engineer Chuck Lopez said they have 30 workers repairing the sidewalks. They can finish one side in two to three weeks.
The Mactan-Mandaue Bridge, locally referred to as first bridge, spans 700 meters.
Once one lane is closed, the traffic flow will be as follows:
4 a.m. to 2 p.m.: only for Mandaue-bound vehicles.
2 p.m. to 4 a.m.: only for Lapu-Lapu-bound vehicles.
Motorists will have to use the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge beyond the designated hours.
The schedule was announced by Glenn Antigua, chief of operations of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team).
In a press conference, Lopez said Jegma wanted a total closure of the first bridge because passing vehicles can cause vibration and affect their work, especially during the curing of the cement for the deck slab.
Antigua said this will need a thorough study because it can worsen the congestion in the area.
The P129.6-million rehabilitation of the bridge began last February 8 and is scheduled to be completed in August 2016.
Danilo Pasicaran, bridge repair project engineer of DPWH 7, said the contract of DPWH with Jegma Construction took effect on Aug. 10, 2015 and will expire on Aug. 3, 2016.
The contract would have expired on July 4, 2016 was extended to Aug. 3, after the repair was delayed so as not to cause traffic congestion during the Sinulog and the International Eucharistic Congress.
During a consultation meeting called by Rep. Luigi Quisumbing (Cebu, 6th district) and Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes yesterday, DPWH officials reminded the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) of the need to repair the support of their water pipelines that supply water to the residents of Lapu-Lapu City.
According to Juvy Cordon, DPWH 7 assistant regional director, MCWD was given until today to come up with a plan for the repair.
While the contractor can continue with the repair, the DPWH is worried that the dilapidated support of MCWD’s water pipes might collapse when they start working on the deck slab. The support is attached to the bridge.
Cordon said that MCWD had asked Jegma to do the repair of the water pipe support but Jegma begged off.
Lopez said Jegma does not specialize in work involving stainless steel.
DPWH had first asked MCWD to strengthen the support of their pipes in November 2015 yet.
Renault Ricardo, assistant district engineer of DPWH 6th Engineering District Office, said that ideally, MCWD should have separate posts that can hold their pipes instead of attaching these to the first bridge.
Meanwhile, Florentino Nimor, Team executive director, advised companies to provide their employees with buses as their contribution to decongest traffic.
Having shuttle buses will discourage their workers from using their personal vehicles or taking a cab, he said.
Marlene Bedia, executive director of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said there should be proper dissemination of information related to the bridge repair and the traffic scheme to minimize the ill effects of traffic on business.
Quisumbing agreed, that is why he called the meeting yesterday.
“The key here is proper coordination… The result to that is better information dissemination to the public,” he said.