Back in November, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that a new highway that will stretch from Bicutan, Taguig, and all the way to Calamba, Laguna, is being considered for construction.
Yesterday, the new road became closer to reality as the DPWH did a kick-off meeting with all stakeholders, discussing the overview of the activity plans and methodologies for the proposed construction of a new expressway that will connect the southern province of Laguna to Metro Manila via Laguna Lake.
In his report to DPWH Secretary, Roger G. Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil Sadain said that the kick-off meeting was held Tuesday, March 1, 2022, with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Consultants undertaking detailed engineering design (D.E.D.) activities provided the avenue for discussion in moving forward the technical, economical, social, and environmental aspects in the development of the Laguna Lakeshore Road Network (LLRN) Project.
The LLRN Project–Phase 1 covering Laguna Lake’s western side covers the construction of a 37.6 kilometers mainline road, 6.1 kilometers local connecting roads, and 7.3 kilometers interchanges and slip roads that stretch from Lower Bicutan all the way to Calamba City in Laguna.
The project, consists of viaduct and embankment, will have eight interchanges, namely: Sucat, Alabang, Tunasan, San Pedro/Biñan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba.
The meeting highlights the plans and strategies on how the government can smoothly implement this flagship infrastructure project under Build, Build, Build! program that will strengthen road transport efficiency between Metro Manila and the neighboring province of Laguna to facilitate economic development, added Undersecretary Sadain.
What would the road look like?
Based on the illustrations presented during the kick-off meeting, once completed, the new Laguna Lake Road will be a 3x3-lane expressway, complete with a cycling track and promenade from Tunasan, Muntinlupa to San Pedro, Laguna.
As mentioned above, there will be 8 interchanges between Bicutan and Calamba.
Sadain also added that discussion with the stakeholders on vital issues and concerns at this early stage will prevent challenges that may arise in the future implementation of the project.
The D.E.D. will be carried out for 15 months between December 2021 to February 2023 with generous technical and financial support from the ADB via the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under loan number 3886-PHI.