The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and San Miguel Corporation conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of P13.1 Billion South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Toll Road 4 (TR4) today, March 26.
SLEX TR4 is a 66.74-kilometer extension of SLEX from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City, Quezon Province.
“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,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.
“In 36 months, I am confident we will be back to inaugurate the finished expressway. Under the leadership of President Duterte and Secretary Villar, the TR4 project has become a reality. Masaya kami na makasama kayong lahat sa araw na ito. With this new toll road comes progress. New businesses will emerge and bring growth to the level of small towns and barangays,” San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang said.
“We estimate that 17,000 vehicles will pass through the toll road every day,” Ang added.
According to DPWH, SLEX TR4 will be implemented by concessionaire South Luzon Tollways Corporation (SLTC) within four (4) years, divided in six (6) packages starting with: 11.32-kilometer Package A from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Makban, Laguna; 12.75-kilometer Package B from Makban to San Pablo, Laguna; 7.5-kilometer Package C from San Pablo to Tiaong, Quezon; 15-kilometer Package D from Tiaong to Candelaria, Quezon; 10.21-kilometer Package E from Candelaria to Tayabas, Quezon and the 9.96-kilometer Package F from Tayabas to Lucena City, Quezon.
“When completed, it will be 4-lane toll road which will have a total of seven (7) interchanges in the following areas: Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Makban, and San Pablo City in Laguna; Tiaong, Candelaria, Tayabas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province,” DPWH said.