Sergio Osmeña to be closed Tuesday

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Friday, March 14, 2014

THE closure of half of Sergio Osmeña Blvd. will be implemented on Tuesday yet.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday among the Cebu City Government represented by Mayor Michael Rama, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 represented by project engineer Rogelio Macapobre, Cebu Port Authority (CPA) legal affairs department manager Yusop Uckung and WT Construction Inc. represented by Willy Te.

Chester Cokaliong, chief executive and operations officer of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, conformed to the MOU, representing the business sector, which was responsible for the postponement of the road closure, supposed to be implemented last Tuesday.

Memorandum of understanding signing
UNDERSTANDING. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama leads city officials in signing a memorandum of understanding with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7, Cebu Port Authority (CPA), WT Construction Inc. and the business sector. Present at the signing were Vice Mayor Edgar Labella (second from left), lawyer Rafael Yap of the City Traffic Operations Management, DPWH 7 project engineer Rogelio Macapobre, CPA legal affairs department manager Yusop Uckung, Willy Te of WT and Chester Cokaliong as business community representative. (Alan Tangcawan)



The closure date was not indicated in the MOU but Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Executive Director Rafael Yap confirmed that it will be on Tuesday, March 18.

“Tuesday because usually it has less traffic than Monday,” said Yap.

It will also give the contractor, WT, ample time to prepare its equipment.

Yap also said that the weekend sale at SM City would have inconvenienced a great number of motorists had the closure been implemented last Tuesday or over the weekend.

Macapobre, during the inspection last Tuesday, said the agency is not inclined to sign the MOU as it is not necessary and there was no precedent for it. He was also against the one-week postponement.


But in a closed-door meeting yesterday, preceding the MOU signing, it was decided that the northbound side of the boulevard will be closed “at the earliest possible time” on Tuesday.

WT Construction will take care of the signs and barriers that will be put up to warn motorists of the road closure, as well as inform them of the alternative routes.

Second phase

The road work will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will cover the concreting of the northbound side and the second phase will be the southbound side.

According to DPWH 7, the period of completion is slated for April 10, 2015.

“However, DPWH 7, CPA and WT shall jointly undertake and/or cooperate so that the project will hopefully be completed on or before Nov. 30, 2014,” read the MOU prepared by City Attorney Jerone Castillo.

Alternative routes are Juan Luna Ave. Extension, Jose Briones St., Gen. Maxilom Ave., J. de Vera and Baclig roads.

The Gen. Maxilom Ave. opening and Juan Luna Ave. opening shall serve as entry and exit points, at the discretion of Citom.

Citom will “constantly assess” the situation and make necessary adjustments to improve the traffic rerouting scheme.

“After completion of the first phase of the project, the parties will once again convene to study and discuss the impact of the project in the area,” the MOU read.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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