CEBU CITY: The P16.5-billion third bridge that would link Cebu mainland to Cordova island, which is connected to Mactan Island by bridges, will be completed in three years, assured Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy.
Sitoy led the groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Shell Island Thursday morning at the Cebu City-owned South Road Properties (SRP). The ceremony was symbolic for the town because it was also the date that Cordova became an independent town. It used to be a part of Lapu-Lapu City.
Sitoy said it was held on Shell Island because the island is instrumental in its conversion into a municipality. The oil depot on Shell Island sustained the operations of the town’s early years.
The P16.5-billion bridge project is a joint venture agreement and a public-private partnership (PPP) with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, led by business magnate Manny Pangilinan.
The Cebu foot of the bridge will be at the SRP, while the foot on the Cordova side will be on Shell Island, Sitoy said. It will be called the Señor Sto. Niño Bridge in honor of Cebu’s miraculous image of the Holy Child Jesus.
At least 280 houses and 20 offices and factories in Cebu City need to be relocated while 30 houses and three establishments in Cordova will be moved to give way to the bridge groundwork, a study from the Japan International Cooperation Agency says.
The bridge is expected to be at least 710 meters long and will serve as an alternate route to Lapu-lapu City and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Both Mactan and Cordova islands are currently connected to mainland Cebu via the Marcelo Fernan and the Mandaue-Cebu bridges.