Davao City-Samal Island Bridge groundbreaking set next month

Subscribe Now June 16, 2022 at 03:47pm

DAVAO CITY – The government has scheduled the groundbreaking of the long-awaited 3.98-kilometer Davao City-Samal Island Bridge project next month, July, Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain said.

Sadain said in Viber message that the groundbreaking was set after the approval of the $350-million (P18.67 billion) loan agreement between the Philippines and China last June 13.

The entire project will cost P19.321 billion, mostly financed by the Chinese loan.

Sadain said construction will start this year. He added that the design and build contract has a duration of 60 months.

Last January 14, 2021, the Department of Public Works and Highways and China Road and Bridge Corp. signed the design and build contract agreement after the Chinese contractor won the bidding and subsequently issued the notice of award on December 14, 2020.

According to the DPWH, the project will “provide a resilient and reliable transportation link between Metro Davao and Samal Island, enhancing internal mobility and external linkage to support the growth potential of Davao region.”

It added that it would also provide ease of access to tourism activities in Samal, enhance community access to employment, education and other social services, and alternative routes during emergency situations and disasters.

The construction of a toll-free four-lane bridge – with two lanes each direction – can serve around 25,000 vehicles a day between Davao City and Samal crossing over Pakiputan Strait, according to DPWH.

Source: mb.com.ph

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