Motorists (and cyclists) heading to Tagaytay from Alfonso, Cavite, can now use a portion of a new bypass road to cut their travel time.
It comes after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officially opened the first 1.54-km segment of the Tagaytay Bypass Road.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar personally went to inspect and open the all-new bypass road last October 21 to the public. The first section covers the Maitim and Kaybagal sections of the 4-lane bypass road.
Also, the new bypass road is bicycle-friendly as it features a dedicated bike lane that will span from end to end. Under the DPWH's Department Order No. 88, all future roads, bridges, and road widening projects must have a provision for separate bicycle lanes. These lanes should not be less than 2.44-meters wide to safely accommodate cyclists.
Once the 8.59-km bypass road is complete, the DPWH claims that it will cut travel time from Alfonso, Cavite to Tagaytay City to just 20 minutes by car, saving as much as 33 minutes from the usual 53-minute travel time.
With the first two segments of the bypass road now open to the public, the DPWH is fast-tracking its completion. Currently, they are busy implementing the road opening and concreting of the 746-meter Balagbag Section, road opening of 1.32-kilometer Salaban Section, road concreting of 590-meter Guinhawa Section; and road opening and concreting of 580-meter Patuto Section 3.
With the city of Tagaytay reopening to tourists amid the pandemic, those that wish to travel to the popular destination can now use a portion of the newly-opened bypass road.