An update on the construction of the 3rd bridge to link mainland Cebu and Mactan Island and the plan to construct an underpass along UN Avenue were presented during the first meeting this year of the Mactan Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) headed by Gov. Hilario P. Davide III.
In the meeting last Jan. 9 at the Capitol, Engr. Roman Rañeses of the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp (MPTDC), told Davide and the rest of the members of the board that the detailed engineering design (DED) for the third bridge started in January 8 and will be done by May.
The MPTDC will be operating the bridge through its subsidiary, the Cebu-Cordova Express Link (CCLEX) Corp.
Rañeses said that by June, they will start the ground and sea works along the channel as MPTDC will start preparing for the construction of the bridge’s columns and pylons.
Target date for completion of the bridge is on 2021, Rañeses said.
The Department of Public Works and Highways also presented a video animation on its “UN Ave. Road Depression Project”, which proposes the creation of an underpass along UN Avenue crossing Plaridel St. in Mandaue City.
DPWH maintenance head Engr. Faustino de la Cruz showed how the UN Ave. underpass leading to Plaridel St. would look like and how this would ease the traffic congestion along these roads.
Roadworks will start anytime, said de la Cruz, since they already have the concept and the winning bidder/contractor for the project.
He said a partial survey is being conducted in order to determine the portion of the road that will be widened, as well as areas for road-right-of-way, and the overall limitations of the project area.
They can only start with the project as soon as survey is completed.
Also during the meeting, representatives from the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu also narrated their respective traffic situation reports.
Leo Bacus of the Traffic Security and Monitoring System (TSMS), responsible for the monitoring of the two bridges, also gave updates on the lights and close circuit television cameras (CCTV) on the bridges.
The meeting was attended by MCBMB board members from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Philippine National Police, Mactan Cebu International Airport, Department of Tourism, and traffic authorities from the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, as well as Pericles Dakay from the private sector.