All systems go for bypass road linking Toril, Panabo

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has poured P394 million this year for the first phase of the detailed engineering design on the proposed Davao bypass road.

Based on the proposal, Mariano R. Alquiza, regional director of DPWH-XI, said the road is expected to link Sirawan in Toril District up to Panabo City to provide easy access of ports and help ease traffic congestion.

“As the detailed engineering design for the project is now underway, it is now clear that it would be finally set up soon,” Alquiza said.

In DPWH’s draft environment impact statement, the project would traverse 24 areas from the districts of Toril, Tugbok, Talomo, Buhangin, Bunawan and in J.P. Laurel, Panabo City. This was planned with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The project, DPWH said, also includes a 2.3-kilometer tunnel section in between Matina and Davao River in Barangay Magtuod.

The agency explained that the bypass road is needed to “reduce traffic congestion of Davao City urban center where average travel speed is less than 20-km 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.”

Maria Lourdes D. Lim, regional director of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XI, said the proposed Davao bypass road is among the projects lined up for public-private partnership.

“This was approved by NEDA board for government of Japan/ Yen loan funding,” Lim said.

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