Construction of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) linking Sto. Tomas in Batangas to Lucena City in Quezon commenced yesterday with a groundbreaking ceremony led by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
"Motorists have been enjoying the rehabilitated and upgraded SLEX for more than a year now," said Dato Azmil Khalid, chairman of the South Luzon Tollways Corp. (SLTC), which runs SLEX. "And this new extension will help stimulate industrial, commercial and residential development in the South, creating more employment opportunities and improving the quality of life for the people."
According to SLTC's president, Isaac David, the company needs five years to construct the planned 55.87-kilometer SLEX extension currently known as Toll Road 4 or TR4. The road will have four interchanges between Sto. Tomas and Lucena in the towns of Alaminos, Tiaong, Candelaria and Sariaya.
Construction of TR4 is expected to start by the end of 2010 but a source from the Toll Regulation Board hinted it may be pushed back to 2012 due to budget approval issues.