Going to and from Laguna and Quezon via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) will soon be easier and hassle-free as the SLEX-TR4 extension project will finally begin.

That’s right, after many delays the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon begin work on the road extension project this month.

According to Quezon Governor David Suarez, the DPWH is already finalizing the groundbreaking schedule that will start from the town of Sto. Tomas in Batangas, and end all the way to Lucena City in Quezon.

The project itself will be divided into five sections, with the first portion spanning 10.58 km that will connect Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Makban, Laguna. From there, Makban will connect to San Pablo City via a 12.2 km road. Then it will be extended to Tiaong, Quezon with an 8.1 km road. After that, Tiaong will link up with Candelaria via a 14.4 km road. Finally, the last section of the project will be a 12.3 km road that will connect Candaleria with Lucena City.

Initially, the Arroyo and Aquino administrations broke ground before, with the former back in 2010 in Sto. Tomas. The latter, on the other hand, broke ground in Tiaong, Quezon back in 2015. However, right-of-way (ROW) disputes with local land owners caused the long delays, preventing construction from getting started.

The ROW disagreements however, have all been resolved after Gov. Suarez called for a meeting with the 699 landowners from Tayabas City, and the towns of Sariaya, Candelaria and Tiaong in August last year. With it, the dispute between the landowners and the DPWH have been ironed out, allowing the construction of the road project to begin this February.