THE rehabilitation of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District’s (MCWD) water pipeline support under the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge started last night.
Officials of the traffic offices in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu were confident that the work will not add to the traffic congestion because this will only be done under the first bridge.
Jegma Construction and Development Corp. (JCDC) will replace the pipe support of the 946-meter pipeline with hot-dipped galvanized iron metal rods and repair the pipe.
Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara, manager of MCWD’s Community Relations and External Affairs Department, said the repair will be completed by October.
MCWD signed a contract with JCDC for the rehabilitation of the water pipeline support system last April 1.
The six-month contract costs P5.9 million.
Kara said the first two months following the signing of the contract were intended for the procurement and fabrication of the materials.
She said it will probably take two months for the contractor to replace the support of the water pipeline.
After that, the pipeline will be repainted.
“We are hoping that they will finish the project on time,” Kara said.
JCDC is also the contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) 7 for the first bridge’s rehabilitation, which is expected to be completed on Aug. 29.
DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas had said their agency informed MCWD as early as last October about the repair of the first bridge that might affect the pipeline.
Kara said it would take them more than a year if they went through the usual process, which would include the conduct of a bidding, before they could repair the pipeline support.
Kara said the repair of the pipeline will only be done at night.
One lane of the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge is closed for Lapu-Lapu City-bound vehicles from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. while the bridge is being repaired.
Both lanes are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Florentino Nimor, executive director of Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said they were not informed that the repair of the support started last night, but he believed that this will not affect traffic in Mandaue.
“Just in case it will cause traffic congestion, we will intervene. We will tell them to stop the work because that’s obstruction to traffic,” Nimor said in Cebuano.
Frank Brazil, head of City Traffic Management System of Lapu-Lapu, echoed Nimor’s sentiment.
“The repair of the pipeline support will not affect the traffic because both lanes of the first bridge are open in the morning,” Brazil said in Cebuano.
The 16-inch-diameter water pipeline brings 12,000 cubic meters of water to households and commercial establishments in Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova every day.