The Department of Public Works and Highways and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) have finally signed a P19.32-billion official contract which marks the green light for the design and build of 3.98 kilometers Samal Island to Davao City Connector (SIDC) Project.
The signing of the contract will pave the way for the DPWH to apply for the loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China through China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) to proceed with the detailed engineering design (DED) of the Samal Island to Davao City Connector Project.
The implementation of the toll-free four-lane bridge will significantly improve mobility and bring down travel time of around 25,000 daily motorists to only two to five minutes between Davao City in Davao del Sur and Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) in Davao del Norte.
The CRBC which is one of the three shortlisted qualified contractors bagged the design and build contract of the SIDC following the procurement activities held in November and December 2020.
Once the DED for the SIDC is completed, CRBC will start the 54-month civil works stage of the project.
The SIDC is a China-funded project, envisioned as a modern bridge that will connect the Samal Circumferential Road in Barangay Limao, IGaCoS to Davao City in between R. Castillo-Daang Maharlika junction.