Starting Tuesday (August 15, 2017), the Balagtas Tollgate of the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) tollway has been opened again to only light vehicles or Class 1 vehicles. This tollgate will be available to all types of cars ranging from Class 1 to 3 on August 20.
The Balagtas Tollgate has been opened again after the damaged Sabang Bridge was repaired. The bridge was progressively closed to general traffic in both directions due to it being heavily impacted because of storm surges and waves caused by Typhoon Nina last December. Cars traversing STAR Tollway that connects SLEX and Batangas port were diverted to another service road, which led to a further increase in travel time.
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The Balagtas Tollgate has been opened again after the damaged Sabang Bridge was repaired
The Sabang Bridge, which connects Batangas City and many towns and provinces in Batangas, used to be the longest and tallest bridge in the Philippines. The fact that the bridge was closed to traffic seriously affected the economy in many major Batangas provinces.
Starting Tuesday (August 15, 2017), the Balagtas Tollgate of the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) tollway has been opened again to only light vehicles or Class 1 vehicles
With the re-opening of the Balagtas tollgate, it is expected to see an average of 19,000 cars (including buses and trucks) use the route daily.
Please note that from August 20, the Balagtas Tollgate will be opened and used for the Sabang Bridge for all classes of vehicles.
Sabang Bridge Batangas - Demolition by Matiere/Dumduma CTC