Cebu coastal road tunnel completion moved to March

November 24, 2009 2:40 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 24 – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Project Management Office has moved to March the completion of the tunnel component of multi-billion-peso Cebu South Coastal Road Project (CSCRP).

Nonito Labrador of DPWH said another four-month extension has been granted.

By March 25, 2010, the 1.367-kilometer tunnel is expected to be completed.

Paulo Cruz of Kajima Construction Corp. apprised the Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of the project’s status.

The tunnel component, which was started way back June 28, 2006, should have been finished by Wednesday, November 25, but it is only 78 percent done.

Isoji Matsui, the Metro Cebu Development Plan consultant, explained that three elements, aside from the physical structure of the tunnel, are already in place – lighting, drainage and ventilation.

When drainage was brought up, private sector representative Jose Mari Bigornia commented that a worst-case scenario like typhoon Ondoy, which flooded much of Metro Manila late last September, should be considered.

Hikonaria Maeda, Kajima Corp. project manager, explained to Director General Hermogenes Esperon of the Presidential Management Staff last June that some obstructions caused the deadline to be moved to December.

Cebu City mayor Tomas Osmena conceptualized the tunnel to increase the marketability of the South road properties, saying it will ease traffic in the area and attract more investors.

The four-lane tunnel passes underneath Plaza Independencia, outside Fort San Pedro, said exits on Sergio Osmena St. in Cebu City. (PNA)



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