South Luzon Expressway

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South Luzon Expressway
Radial Road 3
Length: 75.8 km (47.1 mi)
Direction: North/South
From: President E. Quirino Ave. (C-2) in Manila
Maharlika Highway in Santo Tomas, Batangas province
San Andres in Manila
Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia) (C-3) in Makati
EDSA (C-4) in Makati
Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Ave. (C-5) in Pasay
Dr. A. Santos Ave. (Sucat Road) in Parañaque
Alabang-Zapote Road in Muntinlupa
To: Maharlika Highway in Calamba City
President Jose P. Laurel Highway in Lipa City
Major cities: Manila, Makati City, Pasay City, Parañaque City, Muntinlupa City, San Pedro, Biñan, Carmona, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba City, Santo Tomas, Tanauan City, Malvar, Lipa City

The South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) or (SLE), also called South Superhighway (SSH), is a network of three expressways that connects Metro Manila with the provinces of the CALABARZON region in the Philippines. The first expressway is operated jointly by Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) and Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation (CMMTC), while the second expressway is solely operated by PNCC, while the third expressway is operated by the Star Infrastructure Development Corporation.

It starts in Manila's Paco district and ends in Lipa City in the province of Batangas, 81 kilometers south of Manila. Southwards, the SLEx passes through the following cities and municipalities: Manila, Makati, Pasay, Parañaque and Muntinlupa in Metro Manila, San Pedro and Biñan in Laguna, Carmona in Cavite, then Biñan (again), Santa Rosa City, Cabuyao and Calamba City in Laguna. Its Batangas segment, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road or STAR Tollway, located entirely within the province of Batangas starts in the municipality of Santo Tomas and traverses Tanauan City, Malvar and currently ends in Lipa City.



The Skyway segment of the expressway

The first expressway in the network, the Metro Manila Skyway system, starts at the intersection of the expressway with Quirino Avenue in Paco, Manila and connects with the second expressway in network, the South Luzon Expressway, in Alabang, Muntinlupa. The South Luzon Expressway then traverses the western part of Laguna province and ends in Calamba. The third expressway in the network, STAR Tollway, is currently not connected to the second expressway.

The portion of the South Luzon Expressway within Metro Manila is officially named the President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. Highway while the southern provincial portion is officially called the Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Highway, after the country's national hero. The Expressway is also officially designated as Radial Road 3 or R-3 in the roadway system of Metro Manila.

Over the years, the areas surrounding the South Luzon Expressway, particularly southern Metro Manila and those areas within Laguna province, have seen massive industrialization and urbanization, especially with the influx of local and foreign investment into the area and the migration of Filipinos from different parts of the Philippines. Such development caused heavy traffic to pour into the SLEx, causing massive traffic jams in parts of the expressway, especially during Mondays, Fridays and the morning and evening rush hour.

To decongest traffic at the SLEx, the Philippine government entered a build-operate-transfer scheme agreement with Indonesian construction firm Citra for the rehabilitation of parts of the expressway and the construction of the Metro Manila Skyway, an elevated North-South tollway that will pass over the South Luzon Expressway, some areas of Metro Manila and eventually into the North Luzon Expressway, which aims to interconnect the two expressways and to decongest traffic in many areas of Metro Manila.


Starting in May 2006, the expressway will undergo a major rehabilitation similar to the recently rehabilitated North Luzon Expressway and will eventually connect with its Batangas section, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, also known as the STAR Tollway. Phase 1 of the expressway project includes the replacement of the already shaky Alabang Viaduct, the rehabilitation and widening of the Alabang-Calamba segment, construction of the missing link(Calamba-Santo Tomas segment) and the integration of the Skyway, South Luzon Expressway and the STAR Expressway as a single toll road. Phase 2 involves the rehabilitation of the Santo Tomas-Lipa segment and the extension of the expressway to Batangas City. Phase 3 involves another extension from Santo Tomas to Lucena City in Quezon. PNCC and MTD Capital of Malaysia has formed a joint venture, called South Luzon Tollway Corporation or SLTC. After rehabilitation has completed, SLTC will takeover the management and operations of the South Luzon Expressway. It is said that the expressway will have qualities similar to that of a modern Malaysian expressway.

When rehabilitation is complete, driving time from Manila to the Port of Batangas should be reduced to roughly one hour.

Technical specifications

  • Name: South Luzon Expressway
  • Concession Holder: Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation, Philippine National Construction Corporation and Star Infrastructure Development Corporation (South Luzon Tollway Corporation will takeover the operations and management starting in 2008)
  • Operator: Philippine National Construction Corporation Skyway Group, Philippine National Construction Corporation South Luzon Tollways Group and Star Tollway Corporation (Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Incorporated will be the operator of the expressway after parent company South Luzon Tollway Corporation takeovers the operation and management from PNCC and Star Tollway Corporation)
  • Length: 77 km
  • Concession starting date: March 1977 (SLTC will start its concession in 2008)
  • Concession ending date: March 2007 (SLTC will end its concession in 2038)
  • Highway exits: 23
  • Toll plazas: 2
  • Rest and Service Areas: 7
  • Minimum Height Clearance on Underpasses: 4.27m (14')


Class Skyway Elevated Portion
Skyway At-Grade Portion
South Luzon Expressway
STAR Tollway
(Santo Tomas-Lipa)
Class 1
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
PhP 85 PhP 4.17/km PhP 0.56/km PhP 0.73/km
Class 2
(Buses, Light Trucks)
PhP 170 PhP 8.35/km PhP 1.12/km PhP 1.68/km
Class 3
(Heavy Trucks)
PhP 225 PhP 12.52/km PhP 1.68/km PhP 2.59/km

List of exits

Exits are numbered by kilometer post, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as Kilometer 0. Exits start at 8 because the Paco-Magallanes segment is not part of the expressway segment. On the highway, exit numbers aren't posted until Exit 26. Also note that the exit number goes north-south, unlike US freeways and the NLEx.

Exit 8 - Magallanes Exit - EDSA

Exit 9 - Sales Exit - Villamor Air Base, Pasay City

Kilometer 10(Southbound) - Nichols Toll Plaza - Pasay City

Exit 12 - C5 Pasig Exit - Signal Village, Taguig City

Exit 13 - Merville Exit - Pasay City

  • This toll is located in West Service Road

Exit 14 - Bicutan Exit - Parañaque City

Exit 18 - Sucat Exit - Parañaque City

Exit 22 - Alabang Exit - Muntinlupa City

Exit 23 - Fillinvest Exit - Muntinlupa City

Kilometer 23(Northbound) - Caltex Service Station (closed)

Kilometer 25(Southbound) - Shell Service Station

Exit 26 - Susana Heights Exit - Tunasan, Muntinlupa City

Exit 28 - San Pedro Exit - San Pedro, Laguna

  • This exit is located in the southbound lane. The northbound lane is under construction.

Kilometer 30(Southbound) - Petron Service Station

Exit 31 - Southwoods Exit - Biñan, Laguna

Exit 33 - Carmona Exit - Carmona, Cavite

Exit 36 - Mamplasan Exit - LIIP, Biñan, Laguna

Kilometer 37(Northbound) - Shell Service Station

Kilometer 38(Southbound) - Caltex Service Station

Exit 40 - Santa Rosa Exit - Pulong Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa City

Kilometer 41(Northbound) - Total Service Station

Exit 42 - Asia Brewery, Inc. - Greenfields Exit - Pasong Mangga, Santa Rosa City

Exit 43 - Cabuyao Exit - Cabuyao, Laguna

Exit 45 - Silangan Exit - Calamba City

Kilometer 46(Southbound) - Calamba Toll Plaza

Exit 47 - Canlubang Exit - Calamba City

Exit 48 - Batino Exit (Calamba Premier Industrial Park - CPIP) - Calamba Exit

  • This toll is only located in the southbound lane of the expressway.

Exit 50 - Calamba Exit - Calamba City

Exit 54 - Saimsim - Sto. Tomas Toll Plaza - Sto. Tomas, Batangas This toll plaza marks the end of the toll road of SLEX.

Exit 58 - Sto. Tomas (STAR) Exit - Sto. Tomas, Batangas The end of SLEX - STAR Link

Exit 60 - Santo Tomas Exit - Santo Tomas, Batangas

Exit 63 - Sambat Exit - Tanauan City

  • Left goes to Tanauan City proper, Right goes to Barangays of Tanauan City, Talisay and Laurel, both in the Province of Batangas and an alternate route to Tagaytay City and other places in the Province of Cavite.

Exit 69 - Bulihan Exit - Malvar, Batangas

Exit 74(Northbound) - Petron Service Station

Exit 76 - Lipa Exit - Lipa City

See also

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