By Eddie O. Barrita
CEBU CITY, Jan. 11 (PNA) — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama declared the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) the original proponent of the proposed P16.5-billion third bridge that will link Cebu to Mactan Island.
Rama said he already signed the certification that declared MPTC the original proponent of the third bridge project.
The bridge project will be joint undertaking of the Cebu City Government and the Municipal Government of Cordova with the project proponent MPTC of business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan.
“I am very happy that they are already done with the review,” he said.
The Cebu City Joint Venture Committee for the third bridge has wrapped up its review of the proposal that MPTC submitted to the City Government.
The Municipality of Cordova broke ground for the project on Shell Island on Jan. 1
One approach of the bridge will be in the town’s Shell Island.
Cordova, Cebu Mayor Adelino Sitoy said the construction of the third bridge will begin within the year.
Rama said the groundbreaking prompted him to fast-track Cebu City’s review of the project proposal.
But Rama said he wanted some items modified, particularly the approach of the bridge in the Cebu City side.
The MPTC proposed that the approach of the bridge will be placed near the Cebu South Coastal Road viaduct, in front of Barangay Duljo-Fatima.
Rama said he wants it at the mouth of the Guadalupe River, near Barangay Pasil.
Rama did not disclose what other modifications he will ask for. (PNA)