DAVAO CITY — With the repair of Talomo Bridge and the on-going construction of the Davao City Coastal Road, the Department of Public Works and Highways Region XI (DPWH-XI) is looking at decongesting traffic in Davao City’s Ulas area with the completion of these projects.
DPWH-XI chief information officer said that the Talomo Bridge II rehabilitation will pave the way for the expansion of the bridge into six lanes.
“Currently we would just be replacing girders then put new pavement, but the good thing is, the project would be a preparation for the eventual widening of the bridge into six lanes with separate funding,” Ortiz said.
He said, originally the bridge widening project was to be implemented in 2016 but deferred it as they prepared alternative detour routes like the Talomo-Puan bypass road.
“However in 2018 we noticed deflections in the bridge, where the girders were slightly bent, we decided to proceed with the repairs,” Ortiz said.
Aside from the Talomo-Puan bypass road, they also put bailey bridges, one beside the repaired bridge while the other one located along Taal Road, which bisects a residential community parallel to the Talomo Bridge.
The Taal Road bailey bridge opens another alternative route for vehicles which will bypass the congested section of MacArthur Highway in Ulas.
Ortiz said with DPWH securing the road right-of-way (RROW) which enabled the construction of the Taal Road bailey bridge, they are proposing for the construction of a permanent bridge to replace the bailey.
“Since we acquired the RROW, why not make the most of it, which would be another option for motorists to take,” Ortiz said.
Aside from bridge expansion and new alternative routes, the DPWH-XI is anticipating that the Davao City Coastal Road will decongest the traffic in the area once the Punta Dumalag section is opened.
For the five packages in the 2017 project they are already at 90% completion, while 2018 projects are at 35%. This include the esplanade and seven road packages being implemented.
Ortiz said there are plans to open the coastal road once it reaches the end of the Talomo section along Talomo Beach and this would be complemented by the bridge along Taal Road.
“We will really appreciate the coastal road once it crosses Punta Dumalag, maybe by 2020 we would be able to reach Punta Dumalag and there it would really decongest the traffic along the southern part of Davao City,” Ortiz said.
He said the projects is in line with the direction of DPWH-XI to create more access for people going to different destinations in the city and the region.