Construction of Samal-Davao Bridge faces another delay

The construction of the ‘dream project’ Samal Island-Davao City (SIDC) Connector hit another snag.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Emil Sadain told Edge Davao that the construction for the long awaited dream project hit another obstacle as there is no movement yet on the loan negotiation between the Department of Finance (DOF) and the China Government.
“No feedback yet from DOF. There will be delays on the construction,” Sadain said.
He didn’t give details as to why there is still no update yet on the negotiation. 
“DPWH is not privy to the negotiation between DOF, DFA, and China Eximbank. Sorry, I have no info on the details,” Sadain explained. 
The project is a two-way four-lane 3.86-km bridge in southern corridor to connect the Island Garden City of Samal to Davao City across the Pakiputan Strait. The main bridge is 1.62-km long and will be designed in a cable-stayed structure with the twin towers and double cable planes. 
The construction duration is estimated to last 60 months and once completed, the bridge will provide a resilient and reliable transportation link between Metro Davao and Samal Island, reducing the transportation time and enhancing internal mobility and external linkage to support the economic and tourist growth potential of the local region. 
The bridge is also expected to increase the economic activities and improve the livelihoods of the Samaleños.  
The project is expected to break ground in the first half of 2021.


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