Two flyovers to be constructed in Davao City next year

Subscribe Now November 08, 2013 at 08:11am

The regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is pushing for the construction of two flyovers in the city next year, but has to shelve 19 infrastructure projects for this year because of a temporary restraining order on the further release of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

The two flyovers will be built in Ulas district, the exit point for Davao del Sur, and Panacan district, exit point for Davao del Norte. These two areas in the city are prone to traffic congestions during rush hours, the department said.

"We are just waiting for the approval of the project designs from the central office, which we expect in the next two weeks so we can move on with the projects," Dennis Y. Flores, DPWH information officer, said, adding that the approved designs would determine the cost of the two projects.

The DPWH is hoping that the approval will be communicated to the regional office as soon as possible since government projects for implementation in 2014 should already be bidded out by the second week of December.

Mr. Flores said the flyover projects were supposed to be implemented this year, but had to be redesigned and moved for next year after the regional office failed to get the approval of the DPWH central office on project design. He said the DPWH regional office originally submitted the designs for three flyovers in the city to be built in Ulas, Panacan and Matina.

However, only the Ulas and Panacan flyover projects were approved. The projects already have a detailed engineering study including the properties that will be affected by the construction, Mr. Flores said.

Davao City already has two flyovers, one in Buhangin, and the other one in R. Castillo.

Mr. Flores said the budget for the two flyovers has been included in the annual investment plan and General Appropriations Act.

While the flyover projects will push through, Mr. Flores said the DPWH regional office had to put on hold 19 infrastructure projects that were part of the 49 PDAF-funded projects in the region amounting to P246 million.

The implementation of the other 30 projects had pushed through since these were already ongoing even before the temporary restraining order was issued by the Supreme Court last September, and the budget for the said projects have already been allocated.

Out of the 19 projects that were affected in the region, nine was supposed to be implemented in Davao City with an estimated cost of P21.9 million.

Among the projects that were shelved are road upgrades in barangays Tawan-Tawan, Wines and Lubogan worth P1.9 million each.


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