In her report to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH-Region 10 Director Norma U. Gironella said the ongoing construction of Cagayan de Oro 3rd Bridge’s access roads and coastal roads posted an actual accomplishment of 94.85% with a positive slippage of 0.060 %.

Director Ginorella said they are now focusing on the completion of Phase IX of Cagayan de Oro Bridge and Access Road Project. It comprises road concreting of Bayabas Section-West Bound Terminal-Iponan Bridge III Junction, Igpit,Opol National Road; road concreting along barangays Kauswagan and Bayabas, and graveling of coastal roads along barangays Lapasan and Gusa. The ongoing road concreting works has a total length of 14.423 km and a total cost of P642,824,622.51. “Upon its completion, the agricultural communities in the congressional districts of Cagayan De Oro and Misamis Oriental can immediately deliver their products to the market areas. It also serves as access road going to the Cagayan De Oro Port, and it connects the City Port Road in Puntod to the existing national road network in Opol, Misamis Oriental. It is expected to attract more investors and generate job opportunities in the area,” Gironella added. The entire Cagayan de Oro Bridge and Access Road Project has 12 phases. Majority of the phases (Phase I-VIII) are already complete.

Phase X will start this year after the release of funds needed for the construction of additional 620 linear meter coastal road along Barangay Gusa and construction of Kulambog Bridge along Kulambog, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Phase XI of the project is programmed for implementation in CY 2012. It will be centered on the completion of the Cagayan de Oro Coastal By-pass Road, Junction J.R. Borja Extension and Gusa National Highway, the Rotonda at Barangay Puntod, and the construction of Bitan-ag Creek at Barangay Lapasan. When completed, this huge project will be an enormous help to the travelling public along Butuan-Cagayan-Iligan Road (BCIR) as heavy traffic congestion will be avoided. It is vital to the economic activities in Cagayan de Oro City and its neighboring cities and towns.

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