DPWH reopens Diokno Bridge linking Tagaytay City, Lemery

Published November 13, 2018, 6:06 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Betheena Unite

A bridge connecting Tagaytay City and Lemery, Batangas that has been closed for two years was reopened Tuesday.

(photo courtesy of DPWH facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Diokno Bridge (photo courtesy of DPWH facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

The reopened bridge was Diokno Bridge located along Diokno Highway, formerly known as Tagaytay-Junction–Calaca-Lemery Road, in Calaca, Batangas.

Accorrding to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Diokno Bridge was previously closed due to road slips and damaged slope protection brought by heavy rains in 2016.

With the reopening of the bridge, travel time from Tagaytay to Lemery will be reduced from 30 to 45 minutes, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.

“Motorists won’t have to go around the longer routes of Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road and Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road,”the secretary added.

Villar said the reconstruction of the bridge started in the first quarter of 2017 with an allocation of P86.3-million.

The new Diokno Bridge is also expected to boost tourism in Tagaytay, Calaca, Lemery, and other towns along the Diokno Highway that would spur more livelihood opportunities for locals running both big and small enterprises, Villar furthered.

He also pointed out that the reopening of the bridge will help ease traffic as Christmas season nears.