Motorists travelling from parts of Rizal to areas in Makati and Taguig will have an alternate route to take to relieve vehicular congestion along main thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced the opening of the first phase of the Laguna Lake Highway, formerly known as the C-6 Dike Road, on February 9 (Thursday).

It is expected to cut the amount of traffic that travels along Kalayaan Avenue, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, parts of Kapitoyo, Mandaluyong, EDSA and C-5, especially during rush hours.

"The opening of the additional two lanes from from Napindan to M. L. Quezon section in Taguig City is the first phase of the Laguna Lake Highway project, which is expected to reduce travel time from Taytay to Bicutan by about 50 percent,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

Laguna Lake Highway makes up most of the 10.7-kilometer road network project that costs approximately Php 1.2289 billion, which covers the construction or widening of two bridges, rehabilitation or concreting of the existing 10.28 km asphalt road with provision of additional two lanes, including construction of 2-meter wide planting strips and 3-meter bike lane.

The additional two lanes along Napindan Bridge 2 is expected to be completed by December 2017.

When the project is finished, it is expected to cut travel time from Taytay to Bicutan in half, from one hour to only 30 minutes.

“The thrust of the Duterte Administration is to ensure not only mobility of vehicles but also individuals. More bike lanes, sidewalks will be installed throughout the country,” added Villar.