The Department of Public Works and Highways expects to partially open by 2024 the first 10.7-kilometer central portion of the 45.5-km. Davao City Bypass Construction Project by accelerating ongoing excavation activities in the twin tube road mountain tunnel.
DPWH Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain expressed optimism that excavation works for the 2.3-kilometer, the first long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines, would be completed by December 2023.
The Davao City tunnel, with a north portal in Barangay Waan and south portal at the other end in Barangay Matina Biao, is a major component of the 10.7-kilometer contract package 1-1. “We are fast-tracking the simultaneous construction of the road mountain tunnel in four areas of its north and south portals”, Sadain said.
The tunnel construction works for the Davao City Bypass Construction Project started at north portal on Nov. 19, 2021 for southbound direction and on Dec. 10, 2021 for the northbound direction.