It took less than two minutes to cover the 1.23km journey and will be a welcomed addition to the overly congested road system in Cebu. Its been an in house joke here that it will probably be finished once our daughter Zoei runs for mayor or president (She’s currently 2). The same site historical artifacts were stolen and sold by construction workers which also led to some delays while excavation work was then put in play to try and rescue some of the artifacts sadly a lot of those found by workers are unlikely to be seen again and no doubt in private collections now.
She inaugurated the P1.63-billion subway tunnel, the first in the country that was completed during her term.
The tunnel will be open to the public only from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This will ease traffic in Natalio Bacalso Avenue affected by ongoing construction of a flyover in barangay Mambaling.
The tunnel connects the reclaimed Cebu City-owned 300-hectare South Road Properties to the Plaza Independencia. Personally I don’t think it will make m uch of a difference as there are still bottle necks on the road system and until the road system is generally addressed it will still leave a congested city.
But “This will reduce travel time by at least one hour during peak traffic hours for motorists travelling south to north”, said Robert Go, former Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president.
The subway also serves as a link to Cebu city’s port area and to Lapu-Lapu City, where the Cebu-Mactan International Airport is located, from the southern towns.
After unveiling a marker, Arroyo was all smiles as she thanked the Cebu City government for conceptualizing the project which is funded by the national government through a loan from the Japanese government.
Arroyo’s visit to Cebu is one of her last as President as she ends her term on June 30.
During the inaugural drive through the tunnel, Arroyo was joined by Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura, Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama and Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Rafael Yabot.
The tunnel was well lit but ventilation was still ongoing. The tunnel, which is 98 percent completed, will be finished by August.
Yabut, who gave a briefing on the project, said the tunnel will provide uninterrupted access from south Cebu to the Cebu City central business district, Cebu International Port Area and Lapu-Lapu City.
The tunnel complements the recently inaugurated Cansaga bridge project of the north coastal road in Mandaue City, he said.
Mayor-elect Rama said he would also consult with government agencies for landscaping the approach of the tunnel.
Rama said he also planned to restore the road network to prepare for the influx of cars from the south to the airport.
Otherwise, “we are facing a serious traffic problem due to choke points and obstructions and that is deterrent to economic development.”
The tunnel is a component of the P9-billion Cebu South Coastal Road Project, funded by a loan from Japan Bank International Cooperation (JBIC).
Thing is currently off the SRP which is more of an express highway traffic moves quickly from near Lipata upto the boundaries of Cebu city towards SM. But once you hit that part of the city traffic is terrible and I can’t see how much difference the underground tunnel will make as the main issue is the fact there is simply too many vehicles on the road at the same time. One of the main reasons I am swapping from Jeepy to motorcycle as the difference in time will be at least 15 minutes each way if not more.