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P1.3-B underground tunnel in Cebu City to finish before December

Cebu City (29 June) -- The P1.3B subway section of the Cebu South Coastal Road Project (CSCRP) located in Cebu City will be completed even before the mandatory December deadline given by President Arroyo to finish all projects she has committed under her State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) by yearend.

Presidential Management Staff Hermogenes Esperon together with Public Works and Highways Usec. Rafael Yabut recently visited Cebu to inspect two priority road projects of the President namely the CSCRP and the Cebu North Coastal Road Project (CNCRP).

Mr. Hikonari Maeda, Project Manager of the Kajima Corporation, briefed Esperon that the construction of the 610-meter twin box tunnel is 70 percent completed while there is no reason that ongoing works will not be finish on schedule.

Only 180 meters is left undone as workers continue to work under the drizzling rain to complete the construction even before the scheduled deadline, this is learned.

The 610-meter tunnel is reinforced with 185-meter concrete retaining structure and 177.5-meter road works for the north approach. The four-lane tunnel passes underneath the Park of Plaza Independencia, one of Cehu City's historical sites, which is located beside the historically-famous Fort San Pedro and exits at the existing road of Sergio Osmeņa.

End of contract for the construction of the tunnel is in November 29, this year while it started last June 28, 2006.

Esperon, Yabut and Maeda accompanied by other PMS and DPWH-7 officials and members of the media went down to the bottom where more workers are holed and additional works will be done such as the installation of the environmental and safety management system, ventilation system and emergency pedestrian exit.

Originally, the plan was for an overhead facility above Plaza Independencia but was revised to a tunnel to maintain the natural historic beauty as archaeologists from the National Historical Institute explored the area for artifacts a year before actual construction.

The tunnel is the third similar underpass in the country of which the two are being constructed at the intersections of Katipunan Ave. - Serrano Ave.- Circumferential Road No. 5 in Quezon City and at the EDA and Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

The tunnel is the last segment that completes the CSCRP, aimed at providing uninterrupted access from the southern portion of Cebu City to the Central Business District of the city and the airport at Lapulapu City. The coastal road, which is a major component of the road network in Metro Cebu, will improve Metro Cebu's road network system alongside other infrastructure investments to support economic and social development.

Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared the CSCRP as a national project in April 27, 2004 for the commuting public from 26 towns and two cities of Cebu's first, second and third districts as well as Bohol, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, this is reported. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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