The Department of Public Works and Highways in Central Visayas (DPWH-7) has begun the Detailed Engineering Design (DED) process for three major infrastructure projects in Cebu City with allotted funding of PHP 105 million (USD 2.2 million).
The DED will cover the following proposed projects:
- A 1.1 kilometer (km) flyover from Osmeña Boulevard corner Natalio Bacalso Avenue to P. Del Rosario Street corner Leon Kilat;
- A 1.2 km flyover from Natalio Bacalso Avenue to V. Rama Street; and
- A 900-meter underpass from the South Road Properties (SRP) to Mambaling road.
Upon receiving approval, the projects are targeted to be completed in 2037.
In December 2020, contractor CEDCO Engineers was awarded a notice to proceed with the DED. The contractor was given 8 months to complete the DED, which would include the survey of surrounding areas, the application of the feasibility study in the design, and the actual design of the three infrastructure.
In the public hearing in April 2021, CEDCO engineers said that they would soon begin the survey for the right of way acquisitions, especially for the households and structures affected by the road widening of 2.5 meters from the current road.
The contractor has no actual number of affected households or individuals yet, but the DPWH assured that the expropriated properties will be properly compensated using the current market value of the structure and materials.
CEDCO said that they would also incorporate drainage changes as needed in the design with the expected road widening.
(Sources: Cebu Daily News; SunStar Cebu)