Civil works start for Samal Island-Davao City connector project

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Civil works start for Samal Island-Davao City connector project
Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
  • The Department of Public Works and Highways has started civil works construction of deep foundations for the land and marine viaducts of the 4.07-km Samal Island-Davao City Connector Project
  • Work on the steel bridge craneway that will provide access for the construction activities have also begun
  • As of April 26, 2024, the project’s physical accomplishment is at 3.5%, with detailed engineering design phase progress at 93%
  • The P19-billion project aims to link Davao City in the west with the Island Garden City of Samal in the east

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started civil works construction of deep foundations for the land and marine viaducts of the 4.07-kilometer Samal Island-Davao City Connector (SIDC) Project.

Public Works senior undersecretary Emil Sadain said the project is proceeding with construction both on the Davao and Samal sides beginning with bored piling activities crucial for ensuring stability of the bridge structure.

With approval of detailed engineering design (DED) plans for the land and marine viaducts and navigation bridge, the DPWH Unified Project Management Office-Bridges Management Cluster, with its design-and-build contractor China Road and Bridge Corp., have also started work on the steel bridge craneway that will provide access for construction activities.

As of April 26, 2024, the project’s overall physical accomplishment is at 3.5%, with the DED phase progress at 93%, DPWH said in a statement.

Targeted for completion within the term of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., the P19-billion SIDC project will link Davao City in the west with the Island Garden City of Samal in the east.

The project is a four-lane extradosed bridge with a 530-meter main bridge; land viaduct of 570 meters on the Davao City side and 395-meters on the Samal Island side; and western and eastern marine viaducts of 350 meters and 510 meters, respectively.

It has ramps tapping into the R. Castillo-Daang Maharlika junction, Davao City, and a 24-meter wide at-grade road and roundabout at Brgy. Limao along Samal Circumferential Road.

The bridge will be built with a 275-meter main span and a vertical navigation clearance of 47 meters over the southern corridor of the Pakiputan Strait. The marine crossing is approximately 1.62 km with seabed up to 40 meters deep and navigation bridge supported by two pylons 73-meters above sea level.

DPWH said the bridge will serve as a catalyst for development and drive economic growth in southern Philippines by providing an alternative to ferry services with a seamless link between Davao City and Samal Island.

In 2022, the Philippines and China exchanged documents for a 2.34-billion renminbi (approximately P17.39 billion or about US$362 million) loan to finance construction of the SIDC project. The loan will cover 90% of financing requirements of the SIDC project’s design-and- build contract.