MANILA, PHILIPPINES – DPWH unveils rendered photos of the Laguna Lakeshore Road Network (LLRN) project. The proposed construction of a new expressway will connect the province of Laguna to Metro Manila through Laguna Lake.
On Tuesday, DPWH conducted an activity review of the proposed expressway project with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and consultants undertaking detailed engineering design (D.E.D.) activities. These provided the avenue for discussion on moving forward the technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the LLRN Project.
According to DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain said that the kick off meeting discusses an 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.
The LLRN Project—Phase 1 covers the western side of Laguna Lake and includes the construction of a 37.6-kilometer mainline road, 6.1 kilometers of local connecting roads, and 7.3 kilometers of interchanges and slip roads stretching from Lower Bicutan to Calamba City in Laguna.
Sucat, Alabang, Tunasan, San Pedro/Bian, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba will be among the eight (8) interchanges on the project’s viaduct and embankment.
The meeting will concentrate on how the government can smoothly implement this flagship infrastructure project under the build build build program, which will improve road transport efficiency between Metro Manila and the neighboring province of Laguna in order to facilitate economic development, according to Undersecretary Sadain.
LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina and Assistant General Manager Generoso M. Dungo attended the kick-off meeting in Alabang, Muntinlupa City; DPWH Unified Project Management Office Roads Management Cluster 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim; Bureau of Design OIC Director Edwin Matanguihan; Project Manager Soledad Florencio, Overall DPWH Project Manager for Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Projects; Project Manager
With Secretary Mercado’s signing on the Consultant’s Service Contract for the D.E.D. in November 2021, the team from CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd., in collaboration with Chodai Company Limited, Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited, and Nippon Engineering Consultants Company Limited, as well as Angel Lazaro & Associates International, DCCD Enginering Corporation, TCGI Engineers, and KRC Environmental Services, which began operations in December 2021, provided informative updates during the meeting.
According to Undersecretary Sadain, discussing critical issues and concerns with stakeholders at this early stage will help to avoid problems during the project’s future implementation.
The D.E.D. will last 15 months, from December 2021 to February 2023, with generous technical and financial support from the ADB through the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under loan number 3886-PHI.
The LLRN Project was approved by the NEDA Board through an Ad Referendum in October 2021, thanks to strong representation from DPWH-UPMO Operations led by Undersecretary Sadain.
Meanwhile, Japanese experts from LLRN Phase 2 on the eastern side, which is still in the feasibility study stage, joined the meeting via video teleconference platform.
LLRN Phases 1 and 2 will form the outer ring high standard highway for the Laguna de Bay that will provide a faster and safer alternative for motorists traveling north or south.