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DPWH leads kick-off ceremony of Bypass road in Davao City

May 13, 2022 - Friday 3:05 PM by Ruscelle Ureta

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)  has begun the tunnel boring activity at the south portal of the twin tunnels of Davao City Bypass Construction Project 2.

DPWH claims the simultaneous tunnel boring activities at the north and south portals will speed up the construction of the 2.3-kilometer first-ever long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines. 

The kick-off ceremony for the tunnel works on northbound direction of south portal in Barangay Matina Biao, Davao City was attended by Consul General Yoshihisa Ishikawa of the Consular Office of Japan in Davao; DPWH Undersecretary Sadain; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative in the Philippines Takema Sakamoto; and DPWH Assistant Secretary Rolito D. Manalo. 

 The simultaneous tunneling works on the north and south portals of the joint venture companies of Shimizu Corporation, Ulticon Builders Inc., and Takenaka Civil Engineering and Construction Company Limited can ramp up the construction of the project, DPWH Undersecretary Sadain said.

Designed to have better seismic resiliency by Japanese experts, the tunnel construction activities at the south portal - southbound and northbound directions were earlier started in November 2021 and March 2022, respectively. 

Davao City Bypass Construction Project is among the flagship infrastructure projects under the "Build, Build, Build" program. 

The project expects to reduce congestion in Davao City and cut travel time between Toril, Davao City, and JP Laurel, Panabo City, to 49 minutes from the current one (1) hour and 44 minutes.

The bypass road construction will improve transport logistics and mitigate congestion in the Davao City urban center to contribute to Mindanao's economic and social development.
The Presidential son and newly elected Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte expressed excitement for the Davao City Bypass Construction Project in his sent message.

The centerpiece of Contract Package 1 is the tunnel but part og the package is the building of a 7.9 kilometer four (4)-lane road, three (3) pairs of bridges with a total length of 500 meters, two (2) underpasses, two (2) overpasses, a dozen box-culverts (waterways), and four (4) at-grade intersections.

Special Terms finance the ongoing Contract Package 1-1, costing ?13.23 Billion for Economic Partnership (STEP) Loan between the Philippines and JICA under loan agreement numbers PH-P261 and PH-P273.

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