City to seek DPWH funding for Skyway project

City government seeks P3 billion funding for skyway (file photo)

The City government will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways to set aside a P3 billion funding for its proposed “skyway project” that will connect the city proper to the southern portion of the city.

“Nasa P3B ang pondo para sa Skyway at hihingi tayo ng pondo sa DPWH. Hiwalay pa dyan ‘yung pondo ng para sa development ng baywalk,” Councilor Gregorio Ventura said. Ventura filed the resolution seeking DPWH funding support to the project.

The planned Skyway is four kilometers long that will connect the existing Baywalk to Santa Monica National Highway in the southern edge of the city proper.

“Malaki ang maitutulong nito para sa traffic congestion natin sa city sa future, mayroon na tayong scheme para sa proposal nitong skyway. Alam naman natin na maraming pondo ang DPWH at naghahanap sila ng mga proyektong mapaglalaanan ng pondo nila sa mga bayan at siyudad na nangangailangan,” said Ventura.

He added that the project will ensure that there will be no impact on the marine environment with the construction of the skyway along portions of Puerto Princesa Bay.

“Magsisimula ‘yan sa baywalk, dadaan sa Mandaragat at sigurado naming wala tayong masisirang coral reefs,” said Ventura.

In a previous interview, City Administrator Atty. Arnel Pedrosa said that the skyway will allow plying of container vans, trucks and other vehicles which shall be banned on Malvar Road, Socrates road, San Pedro and San Miguel to ease up the traffic.

“Pag natapos na ‘yung Skyway, dyan na dadaan ‘yung mga malalaking vehicles like trucks and container vans. Pero magbabayad sila depende sa weight nung cargo nila, parang toll na rin,” said Pedrosa.

 

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