DPWH opens first toll-free national expressway with bike lanes in Taguig City

  • The first toll-free national highway in Taguig City is now open to motorists
  • DPWH Sec. Mark Villar led the ceremonial drive-through in the newly opened highway
  • The Laguna Lake Highway is the first national highway with bike lanes

The Department of Public Works and Highways led by Secretary Mark Villar opened the Laguna Lake Highway (formerly C-6 Dike Road) in Barangay Lower Bicutan, Taguig City on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Image from DPWH-NCR’s Facebook page

The almost 7-kilometer-long four-lane highway connects the eastern part of Metro Manila to several towns of Rizal Province. It will serve as an alternative route for motorists and is expected to help ease traffic flow on EDSA and C-5 Road.

The usual one hour trip from Bicutan to Taytay will be cut in half or less, according to Sec. Villar who led the ceremonial drive-through in the newly opened highway.

Image from DPWH-NCR’s Facebook page

“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. With this highway, the traffic from EDSA and C5 will be greatly reduced,” he said.

As mentioned in a Manila Times story, the Laguna Lake Highway, which will also serve as a dike to protect Taguig City from floods, has a 1.5 meter planting strip, 3-meter wide bike lane and 1.5 meter sidewalk complete with street lights and safety signages.

Image from DPWH-NCR’s Facebook page

The improved highway will ensure safety of motorists, bikers, pedestrians, as well as protection of residents from backflow of lakewater,” Villar said.

The P1.28 billion road project was part of the “Build, Build, Build” program of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.