Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Construction of Legazpi’s northern boulevard to start soon
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, July 21 (PNA) -- Another tourism-related infrastructure will soon be done in this city, with the initial funding of PHP50 million already released to the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol Regional Office.

The project involves the construction of a 2.7-kilometer-long northern boulevard, considered as one of the mega projects of the City Government of Legazpi, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview Tuesday.

The civil works of the project will be supervised by the DPWH Bicol in cooperation with the City Engineering Office.

The released budget is part of the PHP2.1-billion Master Flood Control Fund.

The project is part of the master plan prepared by the City Planning Office and submitted to the National Economic Development Authority Bicol Regional Office for the inclusion under the Investment Priority Program of the region.

Rosal said this infrastructure is not only a boulevard but it will also serve as a seawall in the coastal villages of San Roque, Baybay, Sabang and Pigcale to protect the lives and properties of the villagers from the impact of storm surges, especially during typhoons and any forms of calamity.

“We need another PHP500 million for the constructions of the 380-meter-long Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder (RCDG) bridge and also for the utilization of the 24,000 linear meters foreshore land to pave the way for the construction of a road right-of-way that will connect the boulevard across Tibu and Yawa Rivers going to the Regional Government Center in Barangay Rawis,” he said.

The city chief executive disclosed that the boulevard will serve as an alternate route on the part of the motorists going to the municipalities in the first district of Albay.

The DPWH has also an on-going widening of the two-lane Yawa bridge into a four-lane structure that will also serve as a primary solution to decongest the traffic situation in the area, he added.

Rosal expressed optimism that this boulevard would be the next haven for investment and will boost the economic activities in that area as well as bring more employment opportunities and strengthen the livelihood activities of the villagers.

“This project is part of expanding Legazpi to make our city more innovative, give more convenience to our people and improve their purchasing power by way of giving them more activities,” he said.

The mayor said this project is also part of promoting a healthy lifestyle as it will be used in jogging, running, walking and other forms of exercise.

It will also serve as another venue for leisure, recreation and entertainment for all kinds of tourist and visitor and the local residents.

Rosal commended the administration of President Aquino for making the project possible and, he said, the next President of the country should also support this project for the benefit of the people in the community.

Based on the concept study made by the City Planning Office, the construction of this boulevard includes the laying of core rocks, backfill, grouted riprap, foundation, retaining wall, construction of two-lane all-weather concrete road, sidewalks and bike lanes, construction of concrete fence, bridge approach and railings, solar street lights, landscaping, greens and buffer zones. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD/SSC