LEGAZPI CITY -– The booming tourism industry here will get a boost as the city locates a new boulevard to be constructed in its northern part anytime next year after the completion of all the necessary requirements, permits and clearances, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview.
The proposed project is a tourism-related infrastructure that will cover the coastal barangays of Sabang, Pigcale, Centro, Baybay and San Roque and will have an estimated road length of 2.7 kilometers.
Its right of way will utilize a foreshore land area of 24,000 linear meters.
It will include the construction of a 380-meter long reinforced concrete deck girder bridge to connect the boulevard across the Tibu and Yawa rivers.
Based on the concept study prepared by the City Planning Office, the estimated cost for the construction of the project is P240 million.
The project involves the laying of core rocks, backfill, area reclamation, grouted rip-rap, foundation, retaining wall, construction of two-lane all-weather concrete road, sidewalk and bike lanes, bridge approach and railings, solar street lights, construction of concrete fence, landscaping, greens and buffer zones and relocation site, if necessary.
The boulevard will serve an alternative route going to the regional government center in Barangay Rawis and to the First District of Albay.
It will be an extension of the eight-kilometer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi Boulevard located at the southern part of this city and known as the longest boulevard outside Metro Manila.
“The ambiance of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi Boulevard is perfect for physical activities and it will surely be a favorite venue of physical enthusiasts,” Rosal pointed out.
He said the project will serve as an opening avenue for economic prosperity and a welcome addition to the many land marks established by his administration for the past years as chief executive of the city.
The Legazpi City mayor stressed that the new boulevard will become a haven for leisure, recreation and entertainment for tourists and visitors who want to spend their vacation in Legazpi.
The Department of Tourism has declared Legazpi City as the biggest drawer of tourists and visitors today, as it has become the convention center of the country.
The city posted 22.16-percent growth rate in tourist arrivals in 2012 and it has hosted several big conventions, conferences and other national gatherings for the past years.
The new boulevard will also open window for opportunities to all the Legazpenos who want to engage in any form of entrepreneurial activities that will help generate jobs and employment to the constituents residing in the involved villages, Rosal added.
He said all the areas covered by this proposed project would have an increased land valuation and help sustain the economic growth of the city. (PNA report by Emmanuel P. Solis)