Travelling between Tagaytay City and Lemery, Batangas has been made easier once more after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reopened a key road link that connects the two. After being closed to motorists since 2016 due to road slips and damaged slope protections from heavy rains, the Diokno Bridge (along Diokno Highway) is now open to public once more.
Formerly known as the Tagaytay-Calaca-Lemery Road, the 90-lineal meter bridge was officially opened last November 13 with DPWH Secretary Mark Villar leading the inaguration. The DPWH allocated Php 86.3 million for the reconstruction of Diokno Bridge which began in Q1 of 2017.
“Travel time from Tagaytay to Lemery will be greatly reduced by 30-45 minutes because motorists won’t have to go around the longer routes of Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road and Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road,” said Villar.
The rehabiliation works done on Diokno Bridge consist of pre-stressed concrete girder bridge with Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) approaches, reworked sidewalks for pedestrian use, grouted riprap and additional drainage works.
The DPWH expects that the rehabilitated Diokno Bridge is expected to boost tourism in Tagaytay, Calacay, Lemery and other towns along Diokno Highway. It may also spur more livelihood opportunities for locals that are running big and small businesses.
“The Christmas season is just around the corner which means that both Tagaytay and Batangas will be flocked by tourists. We assure everyone that we will continue to fix and strengthen roads, as well as bridges all over the country” added Villar.