The DPWH 11 Regional Office has aired its side on the statement released by City Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang on the delayed completion of the ongoing Davao River (Maa) Bridge widening project.
In a statement released by its Public Information Office, DPWH cited road right-of-way problems as one of the major causes of delay. According to Dean Ortiz, PIO head, the presence of DLPC and DCWD facilities during the start of project was among the obstructions that stalled its scheduled implementation. Ortiz added that it took the DLPC 5 to 7 months to relocate their posts, not to mention the presence of a DCWD main pipe which has not been removed to date.
During the course of construction, the DPWH also encountered technical difficulties in the driving of bored piles due to subsurface soil collapse. This and other fortuitous events led to the decision to revise plans from widening both sides to widening only the upstream side with the same number of lanes. “These (revisions) take time. People must understand that we have to factor in several considerations in the planning and implementation process because government funds and people’s safety are at stake. Inasmuch as we would like to hasten the completion of a project, we do not want to compromise its structural integrity,” said Ortiz.
The project which started in April 2015, was supposed to have been completed on March 29, 2016. But due to major plan revisions, the target date of completion has been moved to April 2017.
The DPWH has also set aside funds for the 2nd phase of the widening of the bridge which will be implemented in this year. This time the plan includes an anchorage to carry the weight of the main pipe of the DCWD, this will then complete their objective to accommodate a 6-lane roadway at the Davao River bridge.
The DPWH-11 Regional Office though is asking the public to be patient as they are doing everything humanly possible within their power to hasten the completion of the project that ultimately will improve the flow of traffic, and most importantly contribute to the economic well-being of the City.