Work on Davao City’s Bypass Construction Project (DCBCP) has officially started!
In an announcement last November 19, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) confirmed that the construction of the bypass is now in progress, kicking off with the building of a 2.3-kilometer 2-tube mountain tunnel.
The tunnel is part of Contract Package I-1 that spans 10.7 kilometers in total, which is under the supervision of DPWH’s Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations.
According to DPWH Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil Sadain, the tunnel was designed by Japanese experts and will be earthquake-resistant.
The first contract package has a price tag of Php 13.230 billion and is expected to be finished early in 2024.
Aside from the tunnel, the contract also includes the construction of the following: a 7.9 km 4-lane road, three pairs of bridges with a total length of 500 meters, two underpasses, two overpasses, a dozen box-culverts (waterways), and four at-grade intersections.
The bypass road project will span a total of 45.5 kilometers and will connect Davao City’s Barangay Sirawan in Toril and Panabo City’s Barangay J.P. Laurel. It will slash the usual travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Maharlika Highway to just 49 minutes, the DPWH noted.
The DBCP is divided into six contract packages with packages I-1, I-2 and I-3 financed through loan agreements with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Meanwhile, packages II-1, II-2, and II-3 will be funded by the national government.
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