Eric Tipan / Magalhães via Wikimedia Commons | April 28, 2017 10:52
Mandaue Mayor mulls operation of barges and water taxis to relieve congestion
If you’re visiting Mandaue City soon, you’re going to be in for a major traffic jam but you’ll also be lucky enough to experience their new transportation options if you want to get around.
With the government steadfastly building more and more infrastructure projects to ease traffic in various parts of the country,
Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing has announced proposals that will be implemented as traffic congestion is expected to worsen due to the Php 1-billion tri-level pass project that includes the construction of tunnel, a flyover and a road along United Nations Avenue and DM Cortes St., Mandaue City.
Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has signed the terms of reference for the project, paving the way for its bidding in June or July this year.
Alternative forms of transportation that utilize the city’s waterways are being developed, as closure of main roads leading to Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Candaga Bridge are necessary during the period of construction, which is estimated to take two years.
Plans to operate a barge, Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ships and water taxis are now underway along with the opening of new diversion roads near the project.
Quisumbing said the city has also started developing the diversion roads near the project site in Barangay Umapad.
The city government is already coordinating with shipping companies for the barge operation, RoRo ships and water taxis to take commuters between Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City.
However, permits from the local government units and the different national government agencies have to be secured before the shipping companies can service the public.