LEGAZPI CITY -- The civil works of the Legazpi City Urban Drainage Projects (LCUDP) in the coastal areas of the city’s northern portion have been completed, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 5 (Bicol) Director Vergilio Eduarte said Wednesday.
The LCUDP was designed to protect the lives and properties of villagers from storm surge and other natural calamities, Eduarte said in an interview.
The completed civil works on the seawall and boulevard are part of the PHP2.1-billion LCUDP, which is considered as a mega tourism infrastructure project traversing the coastal villages of Sabang, Baybay, and San Roque going to Rawis, he added.
Eduarte said the rehabilitation of the drainage in Barangay Victory Village is ongoing.
The project is being supervised by the DPWH, in cooperation with the city engineering office.
Mayor Noel E. Rosal said he will again seek funding from the national government for the construction of a retaining pond that would serve as a depository for rainwater during the rainy season to prevent flooding in the city’s downtown areas.
He said the newly-constructed roads in the northern boulevard would be an alternative route for motorists going to the first district of Albay and portions of Camarines Sur.
“This road project would also serve as a primary solution to the traffic congestion at the major thoroughfare in front of the regional government center in Barangay Rawis,” Rosal added.
He noted that the coastal areas would be the next haven for investment that would boost the economy, by giving the villagers more employment opportunities.
Rosal said the new boulevard would be useful for jogging, running, walking and other forms of physical activities, promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents.
Based on the study prepared by the city planning office, the construction of the boulevard includes the putting up of core rocks, backfill, grouted riprap, foundation, and retaining wall; the building of a two-lane concrete road, sidewalks and bike lanes, concrete fence, bridge approach and railings; solar street lights, landscaping, greens and buffer zones. (PNA)