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Bypass Turbina Traffic: Calamba, Sto. Tomas (ACTEx or SLEX - StarToll Road)
For a few months now, the SLEx - Startoll road was completed but not opened to driving public due to safety certifications (and probably waiting for the new SLEx toll fee increase.
Last Wednesday, on the eve of Tutubi's trip to The City of Seven Lakes, he heard the news about the opening of the new toll road that bypasses traffic prone Barangay Turbina, Calamba, that takes motorists straight to Sto. Tomas, batangas in front of the gates of Light Industry and Science Park (LISP).
The next day, Tutubi visited the City of Seven lakes and instead of taking SLEX Batangas exit, drove straight ahead using the new ACTEx Toll Road 3 and got the chance to draw the map of the new road to Open Street Map (shown below, yeah, Tutubi not only explores new places, he maps unmapped areas for tourists and explorers too besides providing trip information).
Map of ACTEx (Alabang - Calamba - Sto. Tomas Expressway)
Map of ACTEx (Alabang Calamba Sto. Tomas Expressway) showing Sto. Tomas exit and LISP
Tutubi recommends taking this new route to Batangas, Quezon and Bicol provinces to significantly cut travel time by about 30 minutes e.g. travel time from Trinoma in Quezon City to San Pablo, Laguna via EDSA and ACTEx is now just 2 hours.