Baguio City, Philippines – Although requested to put on hold by the city council, the contract awarding and construction of the P50 million-worth phase one bike lane project is now on deck after the City Engineering Office (CEO) of Baguio revised its program of works, in consonance to the latest guidelines of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Last month, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Baguio passed a resolution requesting to put on hold the contract awarding after the august body discovered that the plan formulated by the CEO does not conform to the latest guidelines of DPWH.
Chairman of Committee on Public Works Councilor Mylen Yaranon said the resolution was not signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong when it was returned to the council on July 16, 2021.
What matters, she added, is that the concerned agency has already complied with the new guidelines on constructing a bike lane in the city.
As recalled, the guidelines required the need to conduct a feasibility study, which was not undertaken, and that the ‘shared roadway type’ of the bike lane must be suitable for the city according to DPWH- Baguio City District Engineering Office.
A shared roadway is a part of the road which can be both utilized by bicycles and motor vehicles.
As planned, a 6.45 km shared roadway and 7.25 km separated bike lane have been designed along six identified routes which include Loakan-Apugan Barangay Hall to Leonard Wood Road; BGH Rotonda to Panagbenga Park via Military Cut-off; Justice Hall to Kalaw Street via Harrison Road; Governor Pack to BGH Rotonda; Harrison Road to M. Roxas via Magsaysay Street/ Bonifacio Street; and City Hall to Marcos Highway via Legarda Road.
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