Recognizing the urgent need to address traffic woes in southern Cebu, the RDC Infrastructure Development Committee in its meeting on 15 November 2016 created a technical working group (TWG) to reassess the proposed Talisay-Mnglanilla-Naga bypass project. The proposal was endorsed by the Cebu Provincial Government to the Regional Development Council in 2015. The TWG is chaired by Cebu PSR Engr. William Liu, Jr. with LGUs Talisay City, Minglanilla, City of Naga, and Cebu Province, DPWH, and NEDA as members.
After two meetings, the TWG agreed that an elevated highway could be a viable design as an alternative to the usual at-grade structures which are costly in terms of road right-of-way (RROW) acquisition and usually entail lengthy negotiations with informal settlers and private landowners. Although elevated roads may initially entail high construction costs, these are offset by the elimination of costs for RROW, ressettlement of informal settlers, pavement/ sidewalk, drainage, tree cutting, and provision of 2-meter setback. Mainly supported by columns underneath, the top deck are pre-cast and would have minimal disruption to traffic on the ground. Expressways like this can entice the private sector to invest through a PPP scheme.
The preparation of the feasisility study by DPWH is on the pipeline. The study will determine the final alignment and details of the 4-lane 7.74 km-long road project. Expected to be implemented in 3 years, the project is estimated to cost P 1.834 billion.