LAGUNA LAKE HIGHWAY. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DoTr Sec Arthur Tugade, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and Rep. Juliana Pilar Cayetano try a loggers and bikers lane which is part of a new Laguna Lake Highway extension from Paranaque City to Taytay, Rizal.
TAGUIG CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) unveiled last week a 4.5-kilometer Laguna Lake Highway extension project which also provides lanes for bikers and joggers.
It’s the first in the country to have a three-meter wide space for bikers and joggers.
DPWH has expanded the highway’s length with an additional 1.3 kilometers, reducing travel time from Bicutan in Taguig City to Taytay, Rizal by 30 minutes from the current one hour.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar who led the inauguration said the department will incorporate pedestrian infrastructure and green architecture in the creation of key infrastructure projects.
A third phase of the Laguna Lake Highway will add another 4.3 km and is expected to be completed by August next year
“In a study by World Health Organization, 19 percent of those who die in road accidents in the Philippines are pedestrians,” according to Villar.
“In building the road network in the Philippines, it is important that we also put in place more pedestrian infrastructure. This will not only happen in Luzon but also in Visayas and Mindanao,” he added.
Among those who graced the opening of the additional new concrete paved segment of Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City include Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Vince Dizon, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano.
DOTr Secretary Tugade said the construction of the bike lanes along the highway will provide a healthy option for bike enthusiasts.
Costing P140.33 million, the 1.3-kilometer additional two-lane road is constructed under the Phase II of Laguna Lake Highway Project which also covers provision for plant strip, sidewalk, turn out, and drainage works is in addition to about 3.2 kilometers concrete paved segment earlier completed.
The highway will ensure safety of motorists, bikers, pedestrians, as well as protection of residents from backflow of lakewater.
The Laguna Lake Highway which will connect the towns of Rizal province to the eastern corridor of Manila is expected to help ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
It is likewise seen to provide Taguig City a new growth corridor and attract tourists with added healthy features like the bike lane.
Phase III of the project, which covers an additional length of 4.3 kilometers, is expected to be finished by August 2018. (Claire Morales True)