THE solution to traffic problems in Cebu City is not flyovers but road widening.
This was what Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama said after learning the proposed flyovers and underpass projects to be built in Cebu City.
1. The proposed flyovers, underpass
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has proposed to construct two flyovers that will be built along P. del Rosario Street from the junction of Osmeña Boulevard to Leon Kilat Street, which is 1.1 kilometers long, and along N. Bacalso Avenue corner V. Rama Avenue, which is 1.2 kilometers long.
The underpass, which will be 915 meters, will be constructed at the South Road Properties (SRP) Mambaling corner Cebu South Coastal Road.
2. 'Road widening, not flyover'
Rama said the proposed flyover projects have to be "seriously" looked into.
"As I have been very clear, the priority is not flyover, the priority is road widening, mao gyud na," Rama said.
The DPWH, together with its consultant, conducted a public consultation on April 15, 2021, attended by some barangay officials and private property owners.
3. Proper coordination with City Government
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said the DPWH should have included the Cebu City Government on the public consultation.
Labella asked there has to be proper coordination with the City Government for all upcoming projects in Cebu City.
Labella said the DPWH should coordinate with the local government unit concerned, adding it is the rule that the LGU concerned must be made aware of national-funded projects.
"Ngano mubabag man ta ana basta makaayo? Ang ako lang there should be coordination," Labella said.
He hoped another consultation will be conducted and City officials like members of the City Council, representatives from the executive department including the City Engineering Office and City Planning and Development Office, will be invited.
Labella said the project must also not conflict with other planned projects.
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4. Bus Rapid Transit in Cebu
Rama said road widening is more important now especially with the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
The BRT is expected to be partially operational by December 2021 and is targeted to be fully operational by 2023.
SunStar Cebu tried to reach the proponent of the BRT project, which is the Department of Transportation (DOTr), as well as DPWH Central Visayas Director Edgar Tabacon, but to no avail.
Both Labella and Rama are waiting for the DPWH to have a consultation with City officials so they can also incorporate their concerns on the study being conducted for the project.
5. Eight months to complete
The DPWH, through its consultant Cedco Engineers, is currently on the detailed engineering design (DED) of the project.
The DED, which has a budget allocation of P105 million, will be conducted in eight months, which will be completed by August this year. (JJL)