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Mayor Rama not keen on new flyover projects


Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama expressed surprise over a a proposal to add two new flyovers costing P800 million  along Juan Luna Avenue but  wasn’t keen about it.

“Magflyover na sad sila nga wala pa man gani na mahuman diha,” he said with a shrug. (There they go again proposing new flyovers  when two other projects aren’t resolved yet.)

He said he wanted to see  a copy of the project proposals first.

The new proposals were presented on Friday by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)7, which is seeking endorsement from the Cebu City Development Council and the Regional Development Council.

Both bodies are headed by Mayor Rama.

The mayor’s  opposition to additional  flyovers in the city is well known.

He complained to President Benigno Aquino in writing last year and then in a Malacañang dialog  that the projects did not undergo consultation with local stakeholders and would just worsen traffic, and undermine cultural and heritage sites without the guidance of an updated Cebu traffic master plan.

The DPWH 7 last Friday included two new flyovers  in a long list of infrastructure projects submitted for endorsement to get national funding in  2013.

Flyover proponent Rep.  Rachel “Cutie” del Mar of Cebu City’s north district, said two new flyovers to be built near the Mabolo church and at the junction of the Ayala access road in Cardinal Rosales Avenue-F. Cabahug Street are part of a  network of flyovers envisioned by her father Raul for Cebu City to decongest traffic.

She said the project sites are areas that are now the busiest commercial and residential areas in the city.

Last Friday, the DPWH 7 tried to get the endorsement  of the RDC Infrastructure Development Committee but the chairman Manny Rabacal said the agency should first present the flyover proposals to the local government, through the Cebu City Development Council.

Del Mar told Cebu Daily News she was  prepared to seek the CCDC’s endorsement if that’s what’s needed.

Her two earlier flyover projects in Gorordo Avenue and M.J. Cuenco were suspended by the DPWH Secretary  last year  amid the flurry of protests by environment and heritage advocates, traffic managers and the Cebu City mayor.

But del Mar said there are indications that these two mothballed  flyovers would be implemented soon.

She said the DPWH 7 is doing surveys and talking to lot owners in these areas to determine the cost of road right of way.

Road widening is part of the plans for the flyover projects worth P300 million each.

“Road widening will be done ahead of the flyover projects.  There is no quarrel on the need for road widening because that is what both sides want,” said Del Mar.

Del Mar said that so far, Cebu City’s north district has three flyovers.

These are located along Archbishop Reyes Avenue near the Cebu Business Park, at the intersection of Archbishop Reyes Avenue and Pope John Paul street near Tesda and at M. Cuenco Avenue and A. S. Fortuna Street near the Banilad Town Center (BTC).

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Tags: Cebu City , Flyovers , Infrastructure , Michael Rama

  • edgar_calor


    instead of starting new flyover projects DPWH should finish the mambaling flyover first! that infrastructure needs widening, painting and resolving the skywalk vulnerability! the approach road from CIT and from the south should be widened and paved again. also the drainage system needs a lot of improvements!

    the side roads should be widened. at present the flyover does not provide any relief to the traffic mess occurring every day and even on Sundays.

    Add to it the parked vehicles of baranggay mambaling! why are those government vehicles parked under the flyover? has baranggay captain rod estela transferred ownership of those areas to the baranggay?

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