DPWH eyes to finish feasibility study of Quezon-Bicol Expressway by end-September

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will undertake this year feasibility study of an expressway that will reduce the travel time between Manila and Bicol Region.

The department’s Planning Service – Project Preparation Division will conduct the feasibility study of the Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QBEx) and aims to finish it by the third quarter of the year.

DPWH Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Director Alex G. Bote reported to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar that the timeline of the feasibility study is on track for the timely implementation of the project that is aimed for construction from 2022 to 2026.

“By fourth quarter this year, we plan to begin the Tender Process of QBEx, then by fourth quarter of 2019 the Detailed Engineering Design, followed by Right-of-way Acquisition starting fourth quarter of 2020 so we will be able to proceed with the construction by first quarter of 2022,” Director Bote was quoted as saying in a statement.

The QBEx Project will be rolled out under the PPP program. It has an estimated length of about 180 kilometers from Pagbilao, Quezon to the existing Maharlika Highway in San Fernando, Camarines Sur.

“The indicative project cost will be determined upon completion of the FS,” the department said.

The department said that the QBEx will be a “faster alternative option” of travellers from Quezon and Bicol Provinces to the congested Maharlika Highway.

“For the longest time, Daang Maharlika Highway also known as Pan-Philippine Highway is the only route of motorists heading and coming from Bicol Region to Manila. With QBEx, traveling will not only be faster but also safer since motorists can avoid traversing through mountainside and other fragmentary roads of Maharlika Highway,” Director Bote said