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DPWH seeks City Council nod on P26B bypass road

January 08, 2019 - Tuesday 5:01 PM by Ayan Mellejor

JAMMED. Traffic comes to a standstill at the underpass in Buhangin, Davao City. ARJOY CENIZA

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday sought an endorsement from the City Council for the construction of the P26-billion 45.2-kilometer bypass road from Sirawan in the south to Panabo City in the north.

The project will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through a loan agreement and is part of government’s commitment to build more roads to ease congestion in the city’s urban center.

The bypass is a four-lane road from Sirawan passing through Barangays Mintal, Mandug, and Malagamot. It ends in Barangay J.P Laurel in Panabo, Davao del Norte.

During Tuesday’s regular session, Engineer Earl Nicolas Rada of the DPWH Central Office said the project will improve the transport logistics and mitigate congestion in Davao City’s urban center.

“This will unite the east and west communities,” he added.

JAYWALKING. Traffic congestion can also be caused by pedestrians crossing in places where they are not allowed. ARJOY CENIZA

The construction of the bypass road will hasten interregional transport of goods and services, Rada said.

The bypass road project will be implemented in two phases and will also include the construction of a 2.3 tunnel cut and cover tunnel and toll plaza. Toll fees will be collected for the maintenance of the tunnel.

Councilor Jesus Zozobrado, who presented the request for the project’s endorsement, said the letter of DPWH was an offshoot of the city’s ordinance that requires any project implemented in the city to have the endorsement of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

In an interview on the sidelines of the City Council session, Rada said the construction of the project is expected to start this year.

This will also complement the P5.78-billion Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the Mindanao Railway System which is under the Department of Transportation (DoTr).

Rada said the bypass road has been endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the City Development Council. It is also covered by an environment compliance certificate.

Procurement of the project is ongoing and the detailed designs for Phase 1 and have been completed.

Rada said payment for road-right-of-way is also ongoing.

The construction of the bypass road is just one of the many projects of DPWH in Davao City.

DPWH is also implementing the Davao City Coastal Road (Bago Aplaya-Times Beach); construction of the Fatima-Malabog road to Mabuhay-Pañalum-Paquibato Road; construction of the alternate road from Region 11 to Region 10 (Davao City Diversion Road-Catalunan Grande-Talandang-Sumimao-Pañalum-Tapak-Cabanglasan-Aglayan-Malaybalay); and, the construction of Buhangin-Tigatto-Mandug-Callawa-Fatima Road Bypass.