Lucena City - The Provincial Government of Quezon welcomes a new toll road project with an estimated worth of Php 11.92 Billion to be built in Quezon Province. The South Luzon Tollway Corporation (SLTC) will serve as the concessionaire for this Toll Road 4 (TR4) Project in which a 4-lane expressway with an estimated length of 57.325 kilometers will spur from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City.
Quezon Governor David “Jay-Jay” C. Suarez believes that road networks are the foundations of development. As such, he values the development projects for the province like the concession of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Phase 2 project where the construction of the new TR4 represents the trust and confidence of Quezonians in his leadership.
Granted by the Toll Regulatory Board and signed during the administration of former President and incumbent Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the TR4 project aims to pave way to faster and easier access to Region IV and V. Moreover, it will alleviate the worsening traffic condition along the key cities and municipalities of the said regions. It also seeks to uplift the lives of Quezonians which will contribute to the economic development of the regional growth centers by addressing the overconcentration of economic activities in Manila.
This will be achieved through Public and Private Partnership (PPP) of SLTC with the Toll Regulatory Board (Grantor), Philippine Natl. Construction Corp. (Franchisee) and Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc. (O&M Company), as well as agencies like the Toll Regulatory Board (Regulatory Agency) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (Implementing Agency).
Engr. Allan R. Plete from the Safety, Health and Environment Management of South Luzon Tollway Corporation said that their company plans to conduct public consultations in the province so Quezonians can better understand and monitor the development of the project. He also added that during those consultations, they also hope to discuss the benefits as well as the remedies to the effects of the project.
At present, the SLTC is engaged in the process of studying and identifying the land area to be affected by the construction of the said expressway through parceliary mapping. The said company is also applying for the necessary permit requirements such as the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the said project.
The Toll Road 4 (TR4) alignment is divided into 5 sections from Sto. Tomas Batangas to Lucena City. The first section starts from Sto. Tomas to Makban (TR4-A), then from Makban to San Pablo (TR4-B), San Pablo to Tiaong (TR4-C), Tiaong to Candelaria (TR4-D), while the fifth section begins from Candelaria up to Lucena City (TR-E).
Among the projects accomplished by South Luzon Tollway Corporation are the reconstruction and widening of the road from Filinvest to Calamba in June, 2009 and the construction of the road extension to Sto. Tomas, Batangas in June, 2010. (Quezon PIO)