Gov. Gwen Garcia once again reminded the officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the region to work closely with local government units in the implementation of three upcoming major infrastructure projects aimed at alleviating traffic congestion in Metro Cebu.
In a meeting with DPWH officials on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Gov. Garcia urged their project manager Engr. Benjamin Bautista, to carefully plan these projects to avoid disruption and unnecessary expense from the government.
These projects are: 1) the planned fourth bridge connecting Cebu to Mactan Island which will include a viaduct; 2) the Consolacion–Liloan bypass road; and 3) the new 7.14-kilometer coastal road in the Lapu-Lapu City area.
The planned fourth bridge will span approximately 3.34 kilometers starting from Paknaan, Mandaue City.
The governor said DPWH can collaborate with the local government of Mandaue City as they are implementing a reclamation project that may help do away with spending for a viaduct.
The proposed Consolacion–Liloan bypass road is seen to enhance the road network and stimulate economic development by providing a faster route along the Cebu North Road.
The third project is a new 7.14-kilometer coastal road in the Lapu-Lapu City that has six access roads and is seen to address the increasing traffic congestion in Metro Cebu and improve connectivity between Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
The governor also underscored the importance of tapping the aid of Cebuano experts who have in-depth knowledge of traffic and local road networks. | Ulrika R. Wagas