The holiday rush is upon us once again and with that comes heavy traffic and congested roads. To help motorists find alternate routes, as well as free up traffic along other roads, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced completion of the Php 1.28 billion Laguna Lake Highway.
Formerly called the C-6 Dike Road, the newly-modernized highway will help alleviate traffic from other major thoroughfares like EDSA and C-5. Moreover, Laguna Lake Highway will serve as an alternate route for motorists travelling from Rizal to southern Luzon and vice versa.
In attendance during the inauguration of the newly-opened Laguna Lake Highway were Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vivencio Dizon, MMDA Secretary Danilo Lim, DPWH Assistant Secretary Antonio Molano Jr., and Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano.
“We are happy to announce that this toll-free road will be able to cut travel time from Bicutan to Taytay and vice versa from an hour to just 30 minutes or less. This is the first national expressway with bicycle lanes. The improved highway will ensure safety of motorists, bikers, pedestrians, as well as protection of residents from backflow of lakewater,” said Villar.
First opened to the public back in July 2017 with only 3.2 km of road, the newly-completed highway now spans 6.94-km and has 2-lanes per direction. More than that, Laguna Lake Highway also features 2-meter wide planting strips, 3-meter wide bike lanes, 1.5-meter wide sidewalks, street lights and signages.
The road project cost Php 1.28 billion in total and is part of the government's Build, Build, Build infrastructure projects.