by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to begin the construction of the P13.1-billion South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 (SLEX TR4) after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday (March 26).
The SLEX TR4 will connect the provinces of Batangas and Quezon through seven interchanges — Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Makban and San Pablo City in Laguna; Tiaong, Candelaria, Tayabas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province.
The project will be done in six packages: Package A from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Makban, Laguna (11.32-kilometers); Package B from Makban to San Pablo, Laguna (12.75 km.); Package C from San Pablo to Tiaong, Quezon (7.5 km.); Package D from Tiaong to Candelaria, Quezon (15 km.); Package E from Candelaria to Tayabas, Quezon (10.21 km.); and Package F from Tayabas to Lucena City, Quezon (9.96 km).
The project is in partnership with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) through its subsidiary South Luzon Tollway Corp. (SLTC).
“Noong pumasok kami wala pang na-acquire na right of way. Wala pang permit to enter sa mga properties. So, ngayon lang, kita n’yo naman po naka-mobilize na ‘yung equipment at nakakuha na kami ng permit to enter. So, wala ng magiging delay sa implementation ng TR4,” DPWH Secretary Mak Villar said during the groundbreaking ceremony.
The DPWH expects to complete the construction of the 66.74-kilometer SLEX extension within three years and inaugurate it by 2022.
Villar said the travel time between Sto. Tomas in Batangas to Lucena City in Quezon will be lessened from four hours to one once the road is completed.
“During rush hour, motorists have to endure a long 4-hour drive due to the lengthy and busy Daang Maharlika between Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City, Quezon. This will only take an hour once TR4 is completed,” he said.
An estimated 17,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the toll road every day.
The DPWH believes the road project will bring progress and new business, and growth to small enterprises in the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.
The Toll road is among the Luzon Spine Expressway Network projects under the Duterte government’s “Build, Build, Build” program that aims to connect and cut down the travel time between North and South Luzon. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Japhet Cablaida)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
Several road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley are closed to traffic due to the effects of Tropical Storm Falcon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday.
The DPWH said that as of 12 noon of Tuesday (July 17), four road sections in CAR and two in Cagayan Valley have been inaccessible due to road cut, road slip, soil erosion, flooding and unsafe road conditions brought by the storm.
The DPWH Bureau of Maintenance (BOM) identified impassable roads in CAR as: Kennon Road; Baguio-Bontoc Road; Governor Bado Dangwa National Road (formerly Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road) K0345+800 – K0345+890 section in Mogao, Gambang, Bakun, Benguet; Tabuk – Banaue Road, Matteled Section in Duplingan, Tanudan, Kalinga.
Motorists are advised to take Marcos Highway, Baguio-Bauang Road (Naguilian Road) or Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road as alternate route to Kennon Road.
Travelers who are supposed to use Baguio-Bontoc Road may traverse Nacagang-Abatan, Bauko, Maba-ay provincial road.
In Region 2, the Bangag-Magapit Road, K0693+500 – K0694+000, Allacapan Section in Cagayan Province; and the detour road of Ngilinan Bridge along NRJ Villa Sur-San Pedro-Cabuaan-Ysmael-Disimungal Road, K0368+628 – K0369+015, in Barangay San Pedro, Madella, Quirino province are also closed to light vehicles due to flooding.
The DPWH said concerned offices have already installed warning signs and dispatched maintenance crew to assist flow of traffic in the affected areas.
The department added that clearing operation will be conducted once the rain stops.
On Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported in its 5 p.m. bulletin that Tropical storm “Falcon” has maintained strength as it moves towards the north northwest direction at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).
It was last spotted at 265 kilometers East of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 is up over Batanes while TCWS No. 1 has been raised over Apayao, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Babuyan group of islands.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has said that the 5-minute travel time from Cubao to Makati can be done.
Villar explained that major road projects in Metro Manila which are set to be opened will help in making the 5-minute travel time possible.
These projects include Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX Harbor Link, and C5 South Link Expressway which are expected to be finished by the end of the year.
Villar said 200,000 vehicles would need to be taken out in order to reduce traffic along EDSA.
“To revert back to a level of traffic when we finish the Skyway Project it will reduce traffic by 100,000 vehicles. When the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Harbor Link connector is completed it will minimize 50,000 vehicles. When C-6 is finished we reduce another 50,000,” he said.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recorded around 400,000 vehicles traversing EDSA everyday which exceeds its capacity of 288,000 vehicles.
Meanwhile, aside from the DPWH, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group also thinks the 5-minute travel time is possible especially when traffic laws will be strictly implemented.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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