STAR Tollway operator looking to expand expressway

Hopes to complete project by 2014
Apr 14, 2012

TopGear.com.ph Philippine car News - STAR Tollway operator looking to expand expressway

The operator of the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway is reportedly planning to expand the expressway and to subsequently increase the tollway fees once this is completed.

"They are proposing to construct two more lanes from Lipa City to Batangas City," said Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) executive director Edmund Reyes.

According to MB.com.ph, STAR Infrastructure Development Corporation (SIDC), the STAR Tollway operator, estimates that the cost of the expansion would amount to at least P2 billion.

Reyes also noted that besides the two additional lanes, the expansion project also includes asphalt overlaying and the installation of an automatic toll collection system, closed circuit television cameras, and lighting.

The report added, however, that once SIDC completes the project in 2014, it will ask the TRB to hike its toll fee to recover its investment.

"The Department of Public Works and Highways has approved the cost of additional works. It is up to the TRB now to approve SIDC's proposal on cost-recovery mechanism," said Reyes.

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