Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: P199 at Wikimedia Commons | posted July 12, 2016 06:43
Cebu infrastructure overhaul estimated to cost Php 7.3 billion
If you feel like Metro Manila’s traffic is bad, trying going down to Cebu on a weekday – its almost as bad.
That has prompted Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña to announce plans to pursue the construction of 10 flyovers and 10 underpasses in order to address the growing vehicular traffic problem in the city.
Osmeña estimates the total cost for the construction at Php 7.3 billion, 10 flyovers for Php 3.31 billion and Php 4 billion for 10 underpasses.
The proposal is based on the research done by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and detailed in their Metro Cebu 2015 interim report. It indicated that 20 intersections located on ‘trunk’ roads within the city have become bottlenecks that have caused the traffic jams.
Travel speed of 296 taxis was studied by JICA for several days using GPS devices in order to come up with the report.
The incoming mayor wants these ‘vertical improvements’ to be implemented within his term as the JICA report also said that traffic in Cebu City is expected to increase in the future.
“It is obvious that minor modifications of traffic signal and geometric design will not solve bottlenecks. Results identified traffic congestion on road links and intersections where vehicles can only run at less than 10 kilometers per hour,” the report said.