The completion of the more than P1.2 billion “coastal super highway” would be given priority among congressional projects in Cagayan de Oro City this year in order to decongest traffic in the city’s downtown district.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), said that reclamation of the coastal lines in Lapasan has gained headway and some 2-kilometer has already been reclaimed since the project’s phase 1 started early this year.

He said the phase 1 of the coastal highways starts at the Macabalan Port Area to settle at Gusa in the city’s east coast.

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The Department of Public Works and Highway has released some P600 million to initially start the super coastal highways that would traverse through Cagayan de Oro City’s north-east coast barangays Macabalan, Lapasan, Gusa, Agusan and Puerto.

“It is a four-lane highway that would primarily be used for prime mover trucks, 24-footer cargo trucks and other trucking facilities that would certainly decongest traffic in downtown Cagayan de Oro,” Rodriguez, re-elected to the 15th Congress this year, said.

But it would be up to the City Council of Cagayan de Oro to legislate an ordinance requiring all trucks and prime mover equipment to pass through the super highway route instead of passing through the city’s congested downtown areas.

He said the coastal highway will connect the newly completed P360-million bridged that connects Barangay Puntod and Kauswagan.

The second phase of the coastal highways would start from Gusa to Puerto, or roughly a total length of 10-kilometer, Rodriguez added.

According to Rodriguez, demolition of shanties and houses along the shorelines would be minimal since highway engineers are seeing to it that these houses shall be spared from demolition.

“At any rate, owners of shanties and houses that would inevitably be demolished to give way to the construction of the coastal highways will be justly compensated,” Rodriguez added.

When completed, the coastal super highway would perk up economic activity in this port capital city of Cagayan de Oro City.

The “super coastal highways” would also become one of the city’s major coastal attraction likened to Cebu City’s south road project which ran across Barangays Bato, Pasil, Alaska, Mambaling, Pardo and toward Talisay City.

article by Cris Diaz of Gold Star Daily

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