The construction of phase one of seawall boulevard project in the northern portion of Legazpi City has begun as part of the P2.1-billion master flood control project supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the City Engineering Office.
On Tuesday, city mayor Noel Rosal disclosed the project is another mega tourism infrastructure with a total road length of 2.70 kilometers traversing the coastal villages of Sabang, Pigcale, Baybay and San Roque, all facing the Albay gulf.
It is not only a boulevard but also a seawall designed to protect people and properties from the impact of storm surge especially during typhoons and other forms of natural calamities, he said.
The public works project would also serve as an alternate route of motorists going to the first district of Albay and portions of Camarines Sur.
This road project is geared to solve traffic congestion in front of the regional government center in Barangay Rawis.
He said these coastal villages would be the next haven for investment being anticipated to boost the economic activities by bringing more employment opportunities to the people.
The concrete road would also serve as another venue for leisure, recreation and entertainment. It will also be useful for jogging, running, walking and other forms of physical exercises.
Upon completion, the next phase will the civil works or phase two involving the construction of 380-meter long reinforced concrete deck girder (RCDG) four-lane bridge.
A 24,000-linear meter foreshore land will see the construction of road right of way connecting the boulevard across Tibu and Yawa rivers towards the government center,
The construction of the boulevard includes putting of core rocks, backfill, grouted riprap, foundation, retaining wall, construction of a two-lane all weather concrete road, sidewalks and bike lanes, construction of concrete fence, bridge approach and railings, solar street lights, landscaping, greens, and buffer zones. (Emmanuel Solis/PNA)
The clearest downside of this infrastructure initiative is seen to disrupt residents of affected areas, many rely from fishing as their livelihood. It was not clear if resettlement of families would be part of the project.