Good news for motorists that frequently travel from Manila to Batangas, Quezon, Bicol and vice versa.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), with the help of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), have officially began construction of the long-delayed South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) TR4 extension project.

Leading the groundbreaking ceremony last March 26, 2019 were DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang.

SLEX-TR4 extension to cut travel time between Batangas, Quezon by 3 hours image

When finished, motorists will no longer have to endure having to travel 4 hours from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City, Quezon via Daang Maharlika. In fact, the DPWH expects that the SLEX TR4 extension will reduce travel time to and from Manila to Batangas, Quezon and Bicol by as much as three hours.

“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 Villar.

Villar also mentioned that he is confident they will be able to finish the expressway and inagurate it after 36 months. Apart from cutting travel time going to and from Batangas, Quezon and Bicol, new businesses will emerge along the major expressway which will bring added growth to neighboring towns and barangays.

SLEX-TR4 extension to cut travel time between Batangas, Quezon by 3 hours image

“Moving forward, San Miguel Corporation will continue to invest in modern toll roads and expressways that are at par with our neighbors in Asia. We are proud to support the government’s Build, Build Build program,” said Ang.

Green lighted last February 2019, the SLEX-TR4 extension project will span 66.74 km and will cost Php 13.1 billion. The project will be implemented by concessionaire South Luzon Tollways Corporation (SLTC) within four years and will be divided in six 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, the 4-lane toll road will have a total of seven interchanges: Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Makban and San Pablo City in Laguna; Tiaong, Candeleria, Tayabas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province. The DPWH expects that 17,000 vehicles will pass through SLEX-TR4 every day once it is completed.