By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Chinese construction companies will place separate bids for the construction of the 4.4-kilometer Davao City-Samal Island Link Bridge project, People’s Republic of China Consul General in Davao City Li Lin said.
In an interview, Li said the bridge project, which will be worth P9 billion, has been identified as one of the big ticket infrastructure projects that will get support from the Chinese government.
“We are expecting time for feasibility studies because like the Davao-Samal bridge, they will use Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) money to do the feasibility study,” he said.
As such, Li said he expected numerous Chinese firms taking interest in the project.
The Davao-Samal bridge is one of the 16 short and long span-bridge projects under the flagship “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration to link the island provinces in Mindanao and Visayas to Luzon via land travel.
Preparation for the conduct of the full feasibility study and detailed engineering design for the Davao-Samal bridge along with five other major bridge projects in the county under the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility funded by the Asian Development Bank is ongoing.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 11 public affairs and information officer Dean Ortiz said the full feasibility study for the project would be undertaken by consultant Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Its contract with the government was approved on March 18 this year.
“We hope that the preparation period can be short so the construction period can start,” Li said.
He said he China’s construction capability was very strong and expressed confidence that they will be able to deliver outputs with “quality and speed.”