THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has opened on Tuesday a two-lane extension of the Laguna Lake Highway, formerly known as the C-6 Dike Road.
In a statement, the department said the new 700-meter road extends from Napindan to M.L. Quezon in Taguig City.
“The Laguna Lake Highway project consists of a two-lane concrete road with a two-meter-wide planting strip and drainage. It also includes the construction and widening of three bridges, namely the Napindan Bridge, Barkadahan Bridge, and Tapayan Bridge,” it said.
The extension means a total of 6.7 kilometers (km) of the 10.7-km Laguna Lake Highway project has now been completed.
“Aside from increasing mobility, this project acts as an armored elevated dike protecting Taguig City against possible flooding,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said in the statement, noting that the development came in time for the rainy season.
He added, “The Laguna Lake Highway can also be a temporary evacuation area during the occurrence of floods.”
The project also covers a 1.5- meter wide sidewalk and a three- meter wide bike lane, the statement said. The Taguig General Hospital is also being built along the road.
The DPWH said the Laguna Lake Highway project covers the reconstruction of the damaged two-lane road and the construction of two more lanes, a sidewalk and a bicycle lane.
The department aims for the Laguna Lake Highway to be an alternate road to EDSA and C-5. When the project is completed, it is said to cut travel time from Taytay to Bicutan by 30 minutes. — Denise A. Valdez