Davao City bypass project targets 2028 completion

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A key feature of the Davao City Bypass is the first-ever long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines spanning 2.3 kilometers. Photo from DPWH.
  • The Department of Public Works and Highways is targeting completion of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project by 2028 subject to availability of government funds
  • The 45.5-kilometer bypass road projects aims to enhance connectivity and relieve traffic congestion in the region
  • A key feature is the construction of the first-ever long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines
  • The DPWH also plans to repurpose engineering facilities into learning spaces, contributing 60 standard classrooms to the Department of Education upon project completion

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is targeting completion of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project by 2028, subject to availability of government funds.

The 45.5-kilometer bypass road project–from Barangay Sirawan in Toril, Davao City to Barangay J.P. Laurel in Panabo City–aims to address the persistent issue of traffic congestion and enhance overall connectivity in the Davao Region, DPWH said in a statement.

A key feature is the first-ever long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines spanning 2.3 kilometers. Tunnel excavation is 79% complete for the northbound lane and 71% for the southbound lane.

The DPWH plans to repurpose engineering facilities used in the project. Upon completion, the facilities are to be converted into classrooms, providing 60 standard classrooms to the Department of Education.

The Davao City Bypass Construction Project is being undertaken in phases. The 10.7-km Contract Package I-1 is now undergoing construction. Financed by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, this portion includes construction of seven bridges with an aggregate length of 1.26 kilometers.

Contract Package II-1, funded by the Philippine government, has a cumulative accomplishment rate of 27%. This package focuses on the construction of seven bridges with a total length of 2.54 kilometers. The bridges are positioned at Station 29+700, the northeastern side of Malagamot Road, Barangay Indangan, and Station 32+240 at Mudiang Road, Barangay Mudiang.

Finally, Contract Package II-2 covers a total length of 3.52 kilometers comprising 2.5 kilometers of a four-lane road section, seven bridges with an aggregate length of 1.015 kilometers, and three overpass bridges. Initiated in August 2023, this segment begins at Station 32+240 northeastern side of Mudiang Road, Barangay Mudiang, and proceeds northeastward, concluding at Station 35+760 at crossing Mahayag Road, Barangay Mahayag.

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