Construction for a new sidewalk by the Archbishop Reyes Ave. flyover has finally begun! It commenced with the demolition of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) wall last Thursday, September 24, 2015, led by Mayor Michael Rama. Representatives from Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), Kahayag sa Sugbo and Movement for Livable Cebu were also present at the ceremonial breaking.
Mayor Rama described it as, “recovering what belongs to the people. And that means bringing safety and security and let there be the breaking of this wall that will bring to a horizon that we will no longer be worried about accident happening to you, to us and to our parents, senior citizens and children.”
The proposal for to set back the TESDA wall 2.5 meters was made last year. “Although this (demolition) is long overdue, as the saying goes, it’s better late than never,” said the mayor. Prior to the demolishing, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had already completed the new wall.
The sidewalk will stretch from the entrance of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino to the Archbishop Reyes Ave. flyover. Mayor Rama assures the public “that restoration of sidewalk will be a priority no matter what because there is a chokepoint there.” The projected has been allocated P16.99 million, including improvement of the drainage system in the area.
Eli Espina, head of Kahayag sa Sugbo, said that the findings of a survey conducted by the DEPW stated that 15 houses have already reached the sidewalk. This is still being revisited upon the appeal of the affected families sent to the Land Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Regarding the trees along the area, “We would not be moving any trees. We will be requesting people to adjust with the trees,” said Mayor Rama. The design, instead of requiring the trees to be uprooted, will include the trees in the area. Everything Cebu is happy to know that Cebu is taking these steps to becoming a friendlier city to live in. What are your thoughts? What other things can be improved?
Photo credits: Sun.Star