The processing for the implementation of the proposed 21-kilometer Bacolod Economic Highway in Bacolod City will start next year, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.
This will include the processing of right of way, payment, and civil works, he said, during the blessing and inauguration of the congressional office at High-Strip 3 Building at the Circumferential Road, Bacolod City just across the Bacolod City Government Center.
Gasataya said the 8-lane project will be a showcase for the entire country. It will also decongest the Circumferential Road, open new growth areas for the city, create opportunities for investments, and bring Bacolod to a higher level.
The 21 kilometer project will pass through Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Vista Alegre, Mansilingan, Estefania, Mandalagan and Bata.
Gasataya said the proposed budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways is about P4.8 billion for the 45-meter wide highway.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Gasataya earlier sought the support and cooperation of the landowners whose properties will be affected by the proposed road project that will be implemented starting next year.
Leonardia had called it the Bacolod Economic highway because, he said, “This is probably the biggest infrastructure project Bacolod ever had and they saw the economic impact it would produce because of the mere construction.”
The project will start in 2017 since there is already a budget allocated for it and this will be implemented in different phases. It will include a highway, jogging lane, service road, bike lane and other amenities that can meet international standards.
DPWH assistant district engineer Leah Jamero, public information officer of the City's District Engineering Office, had disclosed that the feasibility study of the project had been started in 2009 and they have surveyed the areas that will be affected.
The feasibility study had been completed and it was found out that the project will be feasible because it will be beneficial to the city and the Negros Island in general, she said.
Meanwhile, Gasataya said the congressional office will provide services to the people such as their hospital or educational needs. He chose a place near the Bacolod City Government Center for the convenience of the people, he said.
Gasataya also vowed to continue what Mayor Evelio Leonardia has started when he was congressman of Bacolod. They will work hand in hand for the good of their constituents and the investors coming in to invest in the city.
Leonardia said that with the mayor and congressman working hand in hand, they will be able to do greater things for Bacolod City.*CGS
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