Talomo Bridge opening could ease traffic congestion: DPWH 11

Department of Public Works and Highways 11 (DPWH 11) director Allan Borromeo (right) and Councilor Edgar Ibuyan Jr., representing Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Z. Duterte, lead the ceremonial drive through of Talomo Bridge in Davao City on Friday. Edge Davao

The inauguration of Talomo Bridge led by the Department of Public Works and Highways 11 (DPWH 11) on August 14, 2020 is expected to ease the traffic congestion along the road sections of the Davao City Diversion Road and Davao-Cotabato Road (Davao City to junction of Digos section). 

Talomo Bridge, which connects Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Ulas and Bangkal, is a single span bridge located along Davao-Cotabato Road, Davao City, serving as one of the main artery for the travelling public coming to and from the central business districts of Davao City.

“We have to widen this because dati naka-six lanes nata tapos four lanes ang atong bridge  and we need to widen that para ma-accommodate ang bigger volume of traffic,” said Dean Ortiz, spokesperson of DPWH 11.  

Traversing Talomo River, the P164.8 million bridge project has a length of 40.44 meters with construction started in 2015 and has extended to 2019. The scope of works include replacement of the existing superstructure, construction of the Bailey Detour Bridge (upstream and downstream) in Taal St., Bangkal; widening of the bridge from two to six lanes and its approaches, slope protection works (construction of retaining wall and rubble concrete revetment with steel sheet piles), and construction of reinforced concrete approach slab at both abutments. 

The bridge features reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings, sidewalk with curb and gutter, and solar pavement levelled marker/stud flush type and asphalt overlay. 

The bridge has two abutments with a total of 12 meters to 30 meters depth bored piles at 1.20 diameter and 12 pre-stressed girders. 

“Wider roads and bridges, translates to lesser traffic and easier access, which in turn will open better opportunities for tourism and economic development in our beloved City,” said said Allan Borromeo, regional director of DPWH 11 in his speech.  

Currently, DPWH is also widening the existing Talomo-Puan bypass road. 

Ortiz also said by the end of August DPWH 11 will be opening the 2.7 kilometers Bago-Talomo portion of the Davao City Coastal Road.  

“We are doing all these series of road projects that we are implementing here in Davao City to help alleviate traffic congestion once these projects are completed para mahatagan ug opportunities ang investment,” he said.