Earlier this year, the newly-upgraded Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) opened to the public. Not only did the expressway get wider lanes, two new bridges, and improved lighting for nighttime driving, but it also has a new tunnel that sits beside the existing one. With it, traffic flow along the road has been greatly improved.
Soon, the city of Davao will also have two tunnels (one for each direction) that will measure 2.3-km long. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that the specialized equipment to drill and make the 2.3-km Davao City Bypass Tunnel a reality is already being prepared.
As part of the 45.5-km Davao City Bypass Road project, the DPWH said that the contractor is almost ready with their tunnel diggers, drill machines, and other heavy machinery to excavate the 2.3-km mountain tunnel.
The equipment, which was sourced from Japan, France, and Korea, consists of 2 batching plants at the north and south ends of the tunnels, horizontal boring machines and tools, twin header base machine/crawler excavator, twin header attachment, erecter with shotcrete machine, jumbo drill, and tunnel ventilation/dust collector.
“Our contractor is almost ready with their tunnel diggers as the DPWH UPMO team is looking forward to the commissioning of tunneling equipment to excavate the 2.3-kilometer mountain tunnel,” said Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO).
The tunnels will be part of a 10.7-km four-lane highway which is under contract package 1-1 of the said project. The contract was awarded to the joint venture companies of Shimizu Corporation, Ulticon Builders Inc., and Takenaka Civil Engineering & Construction Co, Ltd.
As the project moves forward, the DPWH plans to hire more local workforce and create job opportunities for the communities along the alignment.
Once the tunnels are complete, they will serve an important role in the 45.5-km Davao City Bypass Road project, which stretches from Brgy. Sirawan, Toril, Davao City to Brgy. J.P. Laurel, Panabo City. At the same time, locals will have a new location to visit similar to the Kaybiang Tunnel in Cavite. Just don't stop to take photos in the middle of the road.