The Maitim and Kaybagal Section of the ongoing 4-lane Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in Tagaytay City, Cavite is now open to vehicular traffic.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 led the inauguration of the 1.54 kilometer road segment which is also complete with bike lane component.
The opened initial segments are part of the 8.59-kilometer Tagaytay Bypass Road that will divert traffic within the congested city roads of Tagaytay, running through Luksuhin, Sikat, Zambal, Guinhawa, Patutong Malaki, Balagbag, Salaban, Kaybagal, and Maitim road sections.
“The opening of these two (2) sections is only the beginning as we have been prioritizing the inclusion of Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in the national budget since 2018,” said Secretary Villar.
According to Secretary Villar, Tagaytay Bypass Road when completed will reduce to only 20 minutes travel time from Alfonso towards Tagaytay City, saving as much as 33 minutes from the usual 53 minutes.
Aside from the Maitim and Kaybagal Section, DPWH is currently implementing road opening and concreting at 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. DPWH has so far released an amount of P466.24 Million for the ongoing and completed sections of the bypass road project.
The entire stretch of Tagaytay Bypass road will also have a separated bike lane, as per Secretary Villar's Department Order 88 series of 2020 which requires the inclusion of bike lanes in all future national road and bridge projects.