Councilor expresses concern on impacts of SIDC to traffic

Councilor Diosdado “Konsi” Mahipus Jr. expressed concern on the impacts of the bridge approach ramp on the Davao City side of the Samal Island-Davao City (SIDC) Connector Project to the traffic and businesses.

He wanted to clarify whether the location is really along R. Castillo Street or J.P. Laurel Avenue.

“As a representative of the Second District, I still do not know asa ang approach is located. We want to know so that we can anticipate the impact of that with regards to traffic and business because for example what happened to Ulas there is no specific timeline for when the Ulas project will be finished because there might be problems with budgeting and I do not want that to be happening in my district. I want to participate in the discussion so that we can answer the questions of our constituents,” he said during the session of the City Council on Tuesday.

DPWH 11 spokesperson Dean Ortiz, who was present during the session, said the alignment for the bridge will start in Barangay Lizada along the Davao Beach Club shoreline crossing Limao, Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS).

“The road after Azuela Cove you go right towards Davao Beach Club where the marina is,” he said.

Yet, Ortiz explained that he is not familiar with the design of the abutment of the bridge on the Davao side since the project is under the Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) of DPWH.

In 2019, the option that was approved was from Azuela Cove in Lanang on the Davao City side to the closest point in IGaCoS, based on the documents of the Regional Development Council (RDC). In 2020, the final bridge landing sites will be in R. Castillo Street, Agdao on the Davao City side and in Barangay Caliclic in Samal.

“During the previous committee hearing with DPWH in attendance when we asked them they told us that they cannot answer our questions because only Manila people can answer because it’s (SIDC) a special project. We were just asking whether or not there is a traffic impact assessment on whether they will continue the Samal bridge to go to J.P. Laurel or R. Castillo but we really cannot have a concrete answer as they are not authorize to answer all the questions,” Mahipus said.

The proposed bridge, which broke ground last month, has a width of 24 meters and a vertical navigation clearance of up to 47 meters. Envisioned as a 3.98-kilometer, 4-lane bridge that will link Samal Island to Davao City, SIDC will cross over Pakiputan Strait, supported by two pylons with a height of 73 meters.

When completed, SIDC is seen to facilitate the economic advancement of the Davao Region, and further boost the tourism potential of IGaCoS, known for its pristine beaches.

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