Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEx): The easy way to the South


Travelling is fun but facing it with traffic snatches away some of the fun parts. Good thing, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is implementing the construction of the Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEx) making travel to Southern Tagalog and to the Bicol Region easier.

According to its project description, the QuBEx project will start in Pagbilao, Quezon and end  in the existing Maharlika Highway in San Fernando, Camarines Sur. The project will have an indicative length of approximately 180 kilometers and will be an alternative option of travel from Quezon and the Bicol Provinces.

With QuBEx, there could be faster and more developed alternative for commuters to use since the original road being traversed by the people will go through the poblacions of the different municipalities. The highway also gives a safer and more direct route to the provinces of Bicol since the original route traverses the mountainside and other fragmentary roads.

Trade of goods is likewise expected to be more convenient since delivery of goods to and from these areas can be done in a shorter time. Thus, QuBEx is envisioned to take the development of Quezon and the Bicol provinces at a faster pace.

QuBEx comes after the SLEx-TR4 project the reason behind the construction underway at the Diversion Road, Lucena City. The 13.1 billion SLEx-TR4 project aims to make travel from Metro Manila to the Southern Luzon provinces faster and safer.

At the moment, DPWH is in the process of devising the particulars of QuBEx’s feasibility study while acquiring rights of way and finalizing the funding.

The feasibility study is expected to be accomplished in the third quarter of 2018 at the maximum. Hence, it’s good thing to know that we have something good on the road that we could look forward to.