Fabian hails start of by-pass road project PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:31

Work on the 34-kilometer city by-pass road has commenced but progress has been slowed by the tedious task of getting clearances from individual lot owners, barangays and the DENR prompting the Department of Public Works and Highways to fast track its barangay consultations in areas where the road is programmed to pass through.

DPWH Regional Office Officer for Infra right-of-way section Engr.Nenita Robles said work onthe East Coast section in Culianan has commenced as a contract has already been duly awarded to the winning undertaker by way of bidding.

She added the amount of P310 million has been released to the regional office to jumpstart the project here.
Robles disclosed so far 500 linear meters have already been cleared and work is currently continuing is small stretches of the road where clearances have already been issued.

She also added lot owners, whose properties were affected, have started to get paid.

The city by-pass road will connect the East Coast via Barangay Culianan to the west by way of Barangay San Ramon.

Funds for the multi-billion by pass road project were procured by the city’s two Congressional representatives Cong. Erbie A. Fabian in the East Coast and Cong. Beng Climaco-Salazar in the western portion of the city.

Fabian has managed to procure some 200 million pesos as his counterpart into the project.

The solon from the city’s East Coast hailed the start of the ambitious road network saying it can only bring better benefits for the city of Zamboanga.

If you recall, making the city a premiere commercial and industrial hub of the city is a priority of mine and I intend to continue pursuing projects like this even beyond 2013, the outgoing senior member of the House of Representatives said.

Earlier, DPWH Regional Director Jorge Sebastian disclosed the road network will greatly help decongest the city proper as traffic can be diverted through the new road network once completed.

It will link the two industrial and commercial hubs of Zamboanga namely the Fishing Port complex in Sangali and the Zamboecozone in San Ramon and help spur business growth in the city.

“This road will provide a direct route for business from the neighboring cities of Dipolog and Pagadian, and other municipalities in the peninsula to the Zamboanga Free Port Zone, which is situated in San Ramon,” Sebastian said.

Other beneficiaries are 11 sardine canneries located in Barangay Ayala adjacent to the Freeport zone.

Sebastian said the project will also help decongest traffic in the city proper aside from reducing the number of cargo trucks and container vans from entering the city limits.

Sebastian said DPWH Central Office is now reviewing the Plans and Program of Works for approval, after which, public consultations and inventory of affected lots will be conducted before the proper project implementation.

DPWH-9 Information Officer Ma. Carla Miñoza added that they are targeting to accomplish around 80% of the by-pass road to be opened this year.

“With the initial fund of P310 M, more or less 80 percent of the road opening road will be accomplished. Next year we expect to complete the opening. Hopefully, by 2016, we will have fully implemented the project,” Miñoza said.— with reports from PNA