The groundbreaking for the construction of the coastal superhighway from Gusa to Macabalan was held recently led by Second District Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez, DPWH Regional Director Jerome dela Rosa and Barangay officials of Lapasan.
The first phase of the project will consist of reclamation of the land from the sea which will then be followed by the construction of the road that will connect from J.R.Borja, Gusa to Macabalan. The entire project will cost around 1.5 billion pesos and expected to be completed next year.
The proposed coastal boulevard will be a four lane road with an island in the center and will act as a sea wall. It will automatically improve the existing coastal road in the barangay to the delight of the residents.
As per DPWH, this road is expected to decongest traffic in the main highway (C.M. Recto) because vehicles from and to Bukidnon will no longer need to enter the city but may now use the coastal road to go to the pier area or even proceed to the western part of the city.
The propose road will connect to the 3rd bridge which is now being finalized with the filling and paving of its approaches at both ends. The western access road (Igpit-Kauswagan Section) of the 3rd bridge is currently being developed.
The next phase will be to extend the road up to Puerto but this will have to be studied carefully because of presence of private ports along the Tablon and Agusan coastline.
Reports state that construction will start immediately and will not be affected by the election ban.
Hopefully, a section of this boulevard can be converted into a biking and jogging lane. Once this project is realized, Cagayan de Oro can truly have its own boulevard where people can stroll and watch the beautiful sunset.