Davao road project gets additional P2B

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 29 January) – The government has allocated an additional P2 billion for the continuation of Segment A of the 18.20-kilometer Davao City Coastal Bypass Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Economic Development Authority 11 director Maria Lourdes Lim said.

Lim said the project will improve inter-regional transport of goods and services passing through the city, mitigate congestion in the urban center where average travel speed is less than 20 kph and provide more reliable, more efficient and unimpeded flow of goods and services, and support to the growing agro-industrial sector.

The government started in 2017 the construction of Segment A, which has a length of 1.682 kilometers, from Bago Aplaya to Times Beach area.

The entire coastal road project is worth P19.8 billion and eyed for completion by 2021.

She said the first segment, which runs from Bago Aplaya to Times Beach, was funded under the five contract packages from the 2017 budget of the DPWH and the seven contract packages under the agency’s 2018 budget, which totaled P4.96 billion.

As of December 31, 2018, DPWH 11 public affairs and information officer Dean Ortiz said the 2017’s contract package 1 is already 88.42% complete; package 2, 84.51%; package 3, 82.84%; package 4, 88.52%; and package 5, 91.89%.

Under the 2018 budget, contract package 1 is 30.92% complete; package 2, 18.44%; package 3, 32.76%; package 4, 18.42%; package 5, comprising the Davao River Bridge-Bucana, 0.12% complete; package 6, 16.94%; and package 7, 29.05%. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)