DPWH orders suspension of flyover projects

Posted on October 18, 2011

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Cebu Daily News/ Breaking News

by Reporter Marian Z. Codilla
FLYOVER opponents in Cebu City have something to rejoice after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ordered the suspension of the two projects.

In a memorandum signed by DPWH undersecretary for regional operations Romeo Momo, the regional DPWH-7 office was told to suspend the two flyover projects until the concern of opposition groups were resolved.

The letter dated October 7, cited the opposition of stakeholders on the flyover project to be built near the Asilo dela Milagrosa Church at the intersection of Gorordo Avenue and Archbishop Street.

Another flyover project is planned near the Carreta cemetery in M.J. Cuenco Avenue and General Maxilom intersection.

“In view thereof, you are advised to hold in abeyance the implementation of these projects until such time that this issue will be resolved,” Momo told DPWH-7 director Pedro Herrera Jr.

The stakeholders asked the government to conduct a Metro Cebu traffic master plan to properly identify both short term and long term solutions to the traffic problems in the city.

In July, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wrote a letter addressed to the DPWH detailing his objections to the flyover projects. He said other solutions like road widening and flared intersections should be pursued instead.

Rama also pushed to update the Metro Cebu transport study that was done in the 1970s.

The two new flyovers were proposed by then Cebu City congressman Raul Del Mar and now lobbied by his successor and daughter Rep. Cutie Del Mar of Cebu City’s north district.

Copies of the letter were sent to Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM), Rama and Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south district.

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