Motorists traveling between the municipality of Sariaya and the city of Lucena in Quezon will now be able to take much faster trips after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opened a new bypass road connecting the two areas.

The four-lane 7.42km concrete road, which will be called Sariaya Bypass Road, provides road users access from the Manila-South Daang Maharlika to the Quezon Eco-Tourism Road and vice versa.

The pathway’s construction started in 2014 and was officially accomplished this year. It can accommodate a total of 15,000 motorists daily and will ease traffic along Daang Maharlika by up to 70 percent.

According to DPWH, the road will also be useful in boosting tourism and the economy.

“Aside from this, the Sariaya Bypass Road will boost economic and social development by providing transport efficiency, road safety, and expansion of existing business opportunities in the whole of Quezon Province,” the national agency shared in a statement.

Take a look at the new road below!

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Image credit: DPWH