The first long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines continues its excavation work. 

The said 2.3 kilometer tunnel project will soon be completed in Davao City. The said tunnel were designed by Japanese experts in order to have better seismic resilience. 

The project has a contract package covering 10.7 kilometers of a four-lane highway. 

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has hopes on the project to improve transport logistics and mitigate vehicular traffic congestion in Davao City. 

On November 19, 2021, the project officially started working on the project. 

The said project is said to cost ₱13.230 Billion and is estimated to be completed in January 2024. 

The 45.5 kilometer bypass road will begin in Barangay Sirawan, Toril, Davao City and will end at Barangay J.P. Laurel, Panabo City will cut the usual travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Maharlika Highway to just 49 minutes.

The Davao City Bypass Construction Project is implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways Unified Project Management Office Operations and is financed by JICA Loan Agreement and funded by the National Government’s Build Build Build Program.

Photo from Department of Public Works and Highways / Facebook

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