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Batangas tollway upgrade on track

By Manila Standard Today | Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:01am

STAR Infrastructure Development Corp. (SIDC) the concession company for 42-km Star Tollway in Batangas, expressed satisfaction with the continuous progress on the P2.3-billion roadwork development project, which remains on track.

The October 2013 accomplishment report shows the completion of road re-blocking at Sto Tomas intersection on main travel road and the northbound exit. The southbound entry is expected to be completed this month. The footprint pedestal for asphalt plant has been installed. Works on four (4) out of the seven (7) bridges, namely Tambo Railroad Crossing Bridge, Tambo Creek Bridge, Lapu-Lapu Underpass, and the Malainin Interchange indicated 50% completion. The completion of    concrete pouring up to the coping beam of abutment and footing for piers of Malainin Creek Bridge will contribute to the completion of the bridge component next year earlier than schedule.

“Our contractors are working double-time to maximize the good weather now here in Batangas, ” SIDC President Melvin Nazareno explained. “SIDC would like to assure the public that it is exerting all efforts to complete the improvement project within 24 months,” he added.

“We are also doing our best to ensure motorists’ safety at all possible times and to keep the inconvenience that the project may cause at the minimum,” Nazareno stressed.

Star Tollway upgrade involves the construction of additional two (2) lanes from Lipa City to Batangas City, asphalt overlay work from Sto. Tomas to Lipa City, installation of CCTVs and additional street and toll plazas lights. The toll collection and communication systems will likewise be modernize to include the laying of fiber optic cables on the stretch of Star Tollway.”

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