Cebu-Cordova bridge not feasible — Osmeña

06/02/2010 - CORDOVA, Cebu – This town’s dream of being connected directly with Cebu City through a bridge is getting more difficult to be realized as Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said he will not support such a project.

“You will have to close the port because no vessel can get under the bridge,” said Osmeña, adding that the height of the bridge will make it impossible for vessels to sail through.

The proposed Cebu-Cordova bridge was first revealed by Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, who said earlier that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had asked the Philippine Reclamation Authority twice already about the status of the proposed bridge that will cut travel time between Cebu City and Cordova town and vice versa.

Currently, Cordova residents pass through Lapu-Lapu City and take the bridge that links Mactan and Mandaue City and then travel at least 30 minutes to reach Cebu City.

With the bridge, Sitoy said travel time will be reduced to just a few minutes.

The proposed bridge, with budget costs yet to be released, will take the South Road Properties in Cebu City and land in Shell Island, Cordova. The municipal government of Cordova has already planned to construct a skyway that will bring travelers from Cebu City to the Mactan International Airport without passing through Lapu-Lapu City.

But Osmeña said building the bridge will not be feasible as it will affect the flow of sea transport in the area. Instead of building the bridge, Osmeña said they can build ferry terminals and open ferry operations to and from Cordova.

“It will be very expensive to build the bridge because it will have to be very high to allow big vessels to pass through. The best way would be through a ferry boat that will sail the Cebu-Cordova-Cebu route,” Osmeña said.(Manila Bulletin)

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