Saturday, 23 January 2010

Cebu subway to be finished next month

By MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR.
Manila Bulletin
http://www.mb.com.ph/node/239774/cebu-

CEBU CITY – The contractor of the P1.2 billion tunnel section of the Cebu South Coastal Road Project (CSCRP) is confident that the project will be finished before March 25, said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) acting Secretary Victor Domingo.

Domingo, who personally inspected the ongoing subway works, said the tunnel is now 88 percent complete and the contractor, Kajima Construction, has assured him that the project will be completed by next month.

The project, also known as the segment 3B-2 subway or tunnel section, is the only remaining unfinished component of the CSCRP.

Segment 3B-2 has a contract amount of P1,264,367,691.31 and is funded by the national government’s loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

The four-lane tunnel, which connects the viaduct before the South Road Properties (SRP) to Sergio Osmeña Blvd., lies underneath the Plaza Independencia, which sprawls beside the Malacañang sa Sugbo.

It will stretch 0.97 kilometers long, consisting of a 610-meter twin box tunnel and a 360-meter reinforced concrete retaining structure.

The project was expected to be finished by 2008 but because the start of the project was delayed by four months due to the holding of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) summit, the date of completion was moved.

Domingo said the project is among the top priorities of President Arroyo, who he said will be in Cebu next week to inspect the subway.

The President will also check on the progress of the P2.4-billion Cebu North Coastal Road Project (CNCRP), said Domingo, adding that the project will be completed five months ahead of schedule.

The Cansaga Bay Bridge, which is a component of CNCRP, is now about to be finished.

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