The first phase of the Davao City Coastal Road project, spanning 7.5 kilometers from Tulip Drive to Bago Aplaya, is nearing completion and will soon be accessible to motorists, according to an official from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-11.
Dean Ortiz, the spokesperson for DPWH 11, shared this update during the Madayaw Davao program on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Wednesday, June 7.
Ortiz said, “Minor civil works nalang. It will be a matter of time na maagian na nato na. Sa construction, finishing touches nalang gyud, gamay nalang nabilin like railing sa tulay (Only minor civil works remain. It won’t be long before we can use it. The construction is nearly finished, with just a few small tasks remaining, such as installing the bridge railing).”
He also said that the final preparations for the inauguration of the first phase of the Davao City Coastal Road are currently underway.
“The exact date will depend on the availability of our esteemed guests, which include the President, Mayor Baste, VIPs, and local officials,” Ortiz said.
He added that once the important details have been ironed out, the public will be informed about the official opening of the Tulip Drive-Bago Aplaya section.
He also said that the Davao City Coastal Road spans 17.33 kilometers and is divided into four segments: Tulip Drive to Bago Aplya, Tulip Drive to Roxas Avenue, and Roxas Avenue to Sta. Ana, and Sta. Ana to Jerome, Agdao.
According to him, the construction of the Bucana Bridge, which will connect Times Beach and the Barangay Bucana area, will be underway by October 2023. Once the bridge is finished, the civil works will commence.
As for the Sta. Ana-Agdao segment, the construction works for the approaches along R. Castillo are still in progress.
Ortiz added, “We’re hoping to complete all phases by 2025.”
The Davao City Coastal Road, according to the DPWH website, is unique and distinct from ordinary highways with its composite structure. The project, aimed at addressing the increasing traffic congestion along the Cotabato-Davao Road, starting from the Toril area and extending to the city center, serves multiple purposes.
It will function as a bypass road while also providing coastal shore protection and a breakwater. It plays a crucial role in safeguarding the city from sea wave actions, water surges, and shore erosion.CIO