Quezon Governor David Suarez recently announced that the construction of SLEx extension begins this month after decades of delay.
The SLEx extension is expected to shorten travel time between Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Lucena, Quezon by two hours.
The project will be divided into five sections:
|Sto. Tomas to Makban, Laguna||10.58|
|Makban to San Pablo, Laguna||12.12|
|San Pablo to Tiaong, Quezon||8.10|
|Tiaong to Candelaria, Quezon||14.40|
|Candelaria to Lucena, Quezon||12.30|
The 57-kilometer extension project was initially planned during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos. The proposal was approved during the Ramos administration.
Since then, the project had undergone two separate groundbreaking events—the first was when former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office, the second was during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III.
Right-of-way acquisition, settlement, and permit issuance were deemed the causes of delay. But the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said they have already acquired a “significant portion” of road right-of-way.
Gov. Suarez was quoted as saying, he met with 699 landowners from Tayabas City and the towns of Sariaya, Candelaria, and Tiaong in August last year to help resolve some of the concerns related to the SLEx-TR4 project.
“The meeting hastened the process and issuance of [entry] permits … by the landowners. Without that permit, the contractor would not be able to start the road construction.”
According to the DPWH website, the groundbreaking project has an estimated cost of P13.10 billion. Completion date is expected to be sometime in 2021.
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