The finalized engineering design of the P19.81 billion Davao City bypass road construction project will begin this year, an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
DPWH planning service director Constante Llanes Jr revealed the plan as he spoke before 200 participants of the Mindanao Economic Zone Summit Thursday.
The project, he said, will be divided into two packages. The first phase of the project dubbed the “South Section and Center Section” has a budget of P14.23 billion and will be funded partially by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The first package includes the 28.8 kilometer road, 2.28 kilometer tunnel and the improvement of existing 10.20 kilometer connector roads.
The second phase, the “North Section Road,” which has a total budget of P5.577 billion will cover another road 17.78 kilometer long.
Llanes added that the project will significantly reduce travel time from one hour and forty-four minutes through Pan-Philippine Highway and Diversion Road to just 49 minutes via Davao Bypass Road.
The bypass road is a five-year project expected to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2022. DPWH earlier said the project is pushed by the government in a bid to improve the transport logistics and mitigate traffic congestion in the city.
The project will enable big transport vehicles such as trucks to take the Bypass Road which offer easier road access and more efficient travel experience.