By: Philippine Resources January 29, 2024

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is excited to announce significant progress for its Davao City Bypass Construction Project.

According to DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, the Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) - Roads Management Cluster I (Bilateral) headed by Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista is aiming for faster completion and improved infrastructure by accelerating the road construction activities to capitalize on favorable weather conditions in the Davao Region.

The successful completion of this infrastructure flagship project by 2028 or earlier is contingent upon securing necessary government funds. Once the required financial support is obtained, the project can proceed as planned, ensuring that resources are available for all construction implementation.

The bypass road project with a total length of 45.5 kilometers will begin in Barangay Sirawan, Toril, Davao City and will end at Barangay J.P. Laurel, Panabo City is a transformative initiative that aims to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance connectivity for residents and commuters in the area.

Davao City Bypass Construction Project will improve the transport logistics with usual travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Maharlika Highway to be reduced to 49 minutes.

In his inspection report to Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, Senior Undersecretary Sadain said that the construction of the 10.7 kilometers contract package I-1 is well underway at 44.8%, with key milestones achieved in the construction of the twin mountain road tunnel component being closely supervised by Project Manager Joselito B. Reyes.

The contract package I-1, with funds from a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GOP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is known for its having the first-ever long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines in Davao City at 2.3 kilometer.

Innovative methodology and sustainable practice of tunnel excavation is at 79% with 1,774 meters out of 2,240 meters for northbound and 71% with 1,599 meters out of 2,249 meters for southbound and moving forward with the waterproofing and tunnel concrete arch lining works.

Meanwhile, Senior Undersecretary Sadain observed the substantial progress in the construction of the seven (7) bridges with an aggregate length of 1.26 kilometer under the contract package II-1 funded by GOP during his inspection on January 25, 2024 with Project Director Bautista and UPMO Project Manager Lope Pajarillaga.

With a cumulative accomplishment of 27%, the contract package II-1 which was started in January 2023 has a total length of 2.54 kilometers composed of 1.28 kilometers of 4 lane-road section and the seven (7) bridges at Sta. 29+700 of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project, northeastern side of Malagamot Road, Barangay Indangan and will then proceed to a north-northeast direction ending at Sta. 32+240 at Mudiang Road, Barangay Mudiang.

Also on-going is contract package II-2 with a total length of 3.52 kilometers composed of 2.5 kilometers of 4 lane-road section and seven (7) bridges with an aggregate length of 1.015 kilometers and 3 overpass bridges.

This contract package which started in August 2023 under supervision of UPMO Project Manager Ricarte Mañalac begins at Sta. 32+240 northeastern side of Mudiang Road, Barangay Mudiang and will then proceed to a northeast direction ending at Sta. 35+760 at crossing Mahayag Road, Barangay Mahayag.

Senior Undersecretary Sadain also disclosed that in a visionary move of DPWH UPMO Operations, engineering facilities can be converted into dynamic learning spaces equipped with spacious classrooms for turn over to the Department of Education once the project is completed.

A total of 60 standard classrooms will be built, ensuring that the essence of innovation inherent in road infrastructure project is integrated into the educational sector.


Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways

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