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)
Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).
According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.
“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.
Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.
Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
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