Cebu City is eager for the imminent opening of the Cebu South Coastal Road Project’s four-lane subway tunnel.
The P1.63-billion project consists of a twin box tunnel and a reinforced concrete wall. The tunnel is approximately as high as a building with three stories. The drainage is located beneath the infrastructure. The 1.23-kilometer infrastructure passes underneath the Plaza Independencia, connecting SRP and Sergio Osmeña Blvd. It will also serve as a link connecting the southern towns of Cebu to the City’s port area and Lapu-Lapu City.
The project began in June 2006, and was set to be completed in November 2009. As of February 2010, the tunnel has been passable but it was yet to be made available to the public. During the SRP’s grand launch last May 8, 2010, the tunnel was temporarily opened to allow several light vehicles passage.
Mayor Tommy Osmeña, outgoing mayor of Cebu City, welcomed the opening of the CSCRP tunnel with a vision that such infrastructure will improve the SRP’s marketability. According to Mayor Osmeña, the increase in accessibility will increase traffic towards and from SRP, which in turn will attract more investors for the property. The Mayor also expressed that the troublesome traffic on N. Bacalso Ave. is expected to ease once the tunnel opens.
Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s inauguration of the CSCRP tunnel pushed through yesterday, June 10, 2010, as she rode through the well-lit CSCRP tunnel. It will be open to public motorists beginning June 14, 2010, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.