A year after work started on the 10.7-kilometer Contract Package (CP) 1-1 of the Davao City Bypass Road Construction Project, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) were pleased to see progress as the construction continues in the area.
DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado and Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain – also the Chief Implementer of the ‘Build Build Build’ program of the government – visited the project Thursday, Dec. 9.
“I am glad that since the tunnelling works was launched and witnessed by no less than Secretary Mercado and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa last third week of November 2021, the excavated length for the north portal is already at 10 meters, complete with efficient and safe ground control elements of steel ribs support, rock bolts, wire mesh and pneumatically applied large-aggregate concrete or shotcrete,” Sadain said.
Sadain, who is also in-charge of the DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, said that workers are able to do their job due to the workable area of about eight kilometers, which include the tunnel segment.
The tunnel is part of the construction component of the 45.5 km Davao City Bypass Road Project. The construction of the two-tube mountain tunnel will be the longest road tunnel in the Philippines at 2.3 kms.
The construction of the tunnel is expected to provide considerable employment opportunities for the Davao City Bypass Road Project, where the department will apply modern construction techniques using some of the biggest pieces of construction machinery to build the twin mountain tunnels.
Aside from the tunnel, CP 1-1 awarded to Shimizu–Ulticon–Takenaka joint venture involves the construction of four-lane road with a length of 7.9 km; three bridges including the 200 meters Davao River Bridge with on-going foundation works, two underpasses and overpasses, 12 waterways culverts, and four at-grade intersections.
The contract package costs ₱13.230 billion with an estimated completion date of January 2024.
The Davao City Bypass Road Project is divided into six CPs namely the on-going CP 1-1, CP 1-2 and CP 1-3 which are under the procurement stage and being financed by loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and CP 2-1, CP 2-2, and CP 2-3 which are to be funded by the national government.
The bypass road will slash travel time between Toril, Davao City and the northern Panabo City, Davao Del Norte to under 49 minutes from the usual travel time of one hour and 44 minutes via Maharlika Highway.