Money & Power

A P28 Billion Metro Cebu Expressway Is in the Works

Two firms have already submitted proposals.
IMAGE MPTC
Comments

A six-lane, 73.7-kilometer Metro Cebu Expressway might soon be in the works, and according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), two firms have already submitted proposals to undertake the road project via public-private partnership (PPP).

DPWH-7 planning and design chief Nonato Paylado says that the two aforementioned companies are Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation, which is currently constructing the Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway, and China Construction First Group.

“They intend to construct the whole stretch, including the remainder of Segment 3, and that will depend on the evaluation of the department,” Palyado said during a meeting with the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB).

According to Palyado, awarding the project to a private firm could possibly shorten its construction time to just four years. This, he explained, can be done by opening roads in mountainous areas and making a tunnel to shorten the road’s distance in its feasibility study.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

“You can just imagine if they will be able to shorten it, if they can finish it in four years, that would be a big (help),” he said. “A tunnel will straighten out a certain section of the road and make it shorter. So, if you’re going to shorten the total length, you will also be able to shorten the project duration.”

Palyado also disclosed that work on Segment 3 of the expressway, located in Barangays Pangdan and Cantao-an in the City of Naga, has been suspended due to right-of-way issues. He added, though, that the agency’s legal department is “significantly done with the acquisition of properties,” and that negotiations are ongoing.

According to the feasibility study, the project is expected to cost P28.018 billion. Worth it?

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Comments
About The Author
Drei Laurel for TopGear.com.ph
View Other Articles From Drei Laurel for TopGear.com.ph
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
It's high-tech skincare meets Tron and we should all get into it.
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
The fun and dynamic collection will be available at only one store in Manila starting August 17.
 
Share
A glossary of the jewelry industry’s most precious sparklers.
 
Share
Give your bridesmaids, flower girls, and godmothers beautiful dresses for walking down the aisle.
 
Share
Grouse hunting is a mainstay of the royal family's annual Scottish vacation.
 
Share
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth turns 69 years old today.
 
Share
The ICA batch of 1995 has also commissioned 100 limited silk scarves to be made for the benefit of the ICA Scholarship Fund.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US