P394-M Davao bypass road enters detailed engineering planning stage

Posted on May 04, 2016

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started putting together the detailed engineering plan for the 20-kilometer bypass road that will cross the city north to south.

DPWH Regional Director Mariano R. Alquiza confirmed that the proposed project is now considered “under way” with the first phase of the engineering design.

The bypass, which will serve as an alternative to the Carlos P. Garcia Highway that is part of the national road network, will connect Sirawanat, at the boundary between Davao City and Davao del Sur province, to Panabo City in Davao del Norte.

Mr. Alquiza said the initial design of the road will include a 2.3-kilometer tunnel section in between the Matina area and the Davao River in Barangay Magtuod.

The project profile on the DPWH Web site says the road is necessary to “reduce traffic congestion of Davao City urban center where average travel speed is less than 20-kilometer per hour; disperse urbanization outside (the urban center), which is already over-saturated and strongly support economic activities of not only Region XI but also the entire Mindanao.”

Davao Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim of the National Economic and Development Authority said the road has been among the projects approved for funding from a loan from the Japanese government.

Last year, Ms. Lim said the project is necessary to ensure that the region will be able to prepare for increased economic activity, particularly the needed infrastructure that will support growth in the logistics industry. -- Carmelito Q. Francisco