4 infra set for Q2 completion

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    Four major infrastructure projects in Luzon and Visayas are set for completion within the second quarter.

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to inaugurate two completed transport projects in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental today, March 11.

    The back-to-back inauguration of projects will formally mark the start of operations of the upgraded Port of Dumaguete and the newly-developed Dumaguete (Sibulan) Airport.

    The Port of Dumaguete, a project of the DOTr and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), involves the construction of a two-storey port operations building that can accommodate around 500 passengers.

    With the project’s completion, the need for proper monitoring of vessel arrivals and departures will be addressed, according to PPA.

    To boost air mobility in the region, the DOTr and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will also inaugurate the completed airport rehabilitation project of Dumaguete which serves Negros Oriental and the neighboring Siquijor Island.

    The project includes the re-blocking of the apron, construction of two taxiways, expansion of the existing passenger terminal building, runway asphalt overlay and shoulder grade correction, and the expansion of the CAAP administrative building.

    The improvements have upgraded the airport’s capability to accommodate heavier aircraft and increased the terminal’s passenger capacity from 330 to 450.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday expressed optimism that the 3.9-kilometer Sucat-Alabang Skyway Extension project will be completed by the second quarter this year.

    “We are targeting completion of the northbound segment second quarter of this year, while the southbound segment is being fast-tracked for delivery on September as part of our goal,” Mark Villar, DPWH secretary, said.

    At present, the San Miguel Corp. expressway project is 61 percent complete. Travel time from the Skyway main line toll plaza in Sucat, Parañaque to Susana Heights in South Luzon Expressway will soon be reduced by around 50 percent, greatly easing the traffic situation for those who are going home to the provinces, Villar said.

    In a related development, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. subsidiary Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), builder of the 8.5-km Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), has begun building eight structures in the shape of a cross, inspired by the 500-year-old Magellan’s Cross and symbolizes Cebu as the cradle of Christianity in the region.

    The installation of eight crosses on top of the CCLEX pylons will be completed and illuminated by hundreds of LED strip lights before the historic commemoration.

    CCLEX will be part of the quincentennial commemorative celebrations in April 2021, with its eight 40-meter-high crosses on all four sides of each of the twin towers. These will be lit at night to demonstrate Christianity’s influence in Asia’s first Christian nation.

    “Despite the constructional challenges because of the health and safety protocols being observed due to Covid-19, our team is doing their best to complete this most anticipated infrastructure project in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region as soon as possible,” said Allan Alfon, CCLEC president and general manager.

    CCLEX has a project cost of P30 billion and is targeted to be completed this year. It spans the Mactan Channel, linking mainland Cebu from Cebu City with the town across the famed channel, Cordova in Mactan Island.

    As of January 2021, the overall engineering, procurement and construction contract of CCLEX is at 68.21 percent, while construction progress is at 59.68 percent.