The Public Works Department plans to hold a bidding for the construction of what will be the country’s longest expressway connecting Quezon province and Bicol region.
“We are finishing planning within the year. This is a major project that we are going to bid before the end of the term of our president,” Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
The Quezon-Bicol Expressway is a 180-kilometer toll road that will start in Pagbilao, Quezon and end at the existing Maharlika Highway in San Fernando, Camarines Sur.
The project cost has yet to be determined. Once completed, it will be longer than the 94-km Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the 89-km Tarlac, Pangasinan-La Union Expressway and the 84-km North Luzon Expressway.
The project aims to provide a safe and direct route to the provinces of Bicol, in place of the existing route that traverses through the mountainside and other fragmentary roads.
The Quezon-Bicol Expressway will be connected to the P13.10-billion South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4, a 56.87-kilometer expressway extension from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Tayabas/Lucena in Quezon.
The TR 4 project will reduce travel time from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena in Quezon from four hours to one hour.
The project, which is expected to start this year and will be completed by 2021, will benefit 17,000 travelers per day.
The Public Works Department earlier said it budgeted P428 billion for infrastructure projects this year to build roads and bridges nationwide.
The agency said of the total budget, P107.8 billion would be spent for traffic decongestion program, P18.8 billion for convergence and rural road development, P95.9 billion for integrated and seamless transport system and P104.4 billion for livable, sustainable and resilient communities.
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