The Department of Public Works and Highways has started the construction of the P13.1-billion South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 (TR4) which will cut travel time by three hours from Manila to Batangas, Quezon and Bicol.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the toll road project covered the 66.74-kilometer extension of SLEX from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City, Quezon Province.
“During rush hour, motorists have to endure a long four-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,” Villar said.
The Public Works chief also said the TR4 would significantly benefit motorists going in and out of southern provinces especially during summer and holiday season.
“In 36 months, I am confident we will be back to inaugurate the finished expressway. Under the leadership of President Duterte, the TR4 project has become a reality. With this new toll road comes progress, new businesses will emerge and bring growth to the level of small towns and barangays,” according to the DPWH official.
“We estimate that 17,000 vehicles will pass through the toll road every day,” he added.
When completed, the four-lane toll road will have a total of seven interchanges in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Makban, and San Pablo City in Laguna; Tiaong, Candelaria, Tayabas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province.
“Moving forward, San Miguel Corp. 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,” according to San Miguel president Ramon Ang.