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Duterte to lead inauguration of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to lead the inauguration of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 on Thursday.

According to Malacañang, the program for the opening of the completed elevated portion of the NLEX Harbor link tollway will be held this afternoon.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) earlier said that the 5.65-kilometer road, which traverses the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan, aims to make the delivery of goods quicker and more efficient for truckers as it will directly connect the expressway to the port area and vice versa.

It is also expected to ease travel from C3 Road to NLEX from five (5) to ten (10) minutes, decongest traffic along EDSA and help motorists gain easier access to NLEX as it bypasses the Balintawak Area as well as the Balintawak toll plaza.

A P45 fee is set for the Harbor Link tollway but motorists who will use it for the first two weeks of the opening will not be charged, the DPWH said.

Aside from this, Duterte is also expected to grace the groundbreaking ceremony for the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project on Thursday.

The elevated expressway will be four-lane wide and eight-kilometre long. It will traverse from C3 Road Caloocan Interchange to Blumentritt and España roads towards Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Sta. Mesa in Manila.

The construction project, which costs around P23.5 billion, will begin on April 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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SCTEX to open 20 more lanes

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Courtesy : NLEX

Travel to and from various parts of northern Luzon will soon become more convenient with the addition of new toll lanes on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Corp. said 20 additional lanes will be built at Clark North, Clark South, San Miguel, Bamban and Tarlac toll plazas.

One new toll lane each will be constructed at Clark North entry/exit and Clark South B exit while two new lanes each will be added at Clark South A exit and Tarlac entry/exit.

Two lanes will be constructed at the San Miguel northbound entry and southbound exit and another lane to the northbound exit.

NLEx Corp. said the construction is expected to begin in July and will be completed by November this year.

“The new lanes aim to enable speedy toll transactions even during peak hours and holidays when traffic volume on the expressway rises sharply,” said Luigi Bautista, NLEX Corporation president and general manager in a statement.

“The additional toll lanes will help improve SCTEx’s connectivity in its areas, particularly in Clark, which is being positioned as Asia’s next aerotropolis and investment center,” he added.

Aside from new SCTEx toll lanes, NLEx Corp. will also be converting San Miguel (Luisita) into a full interchange to make it more accessible to motorists as it will have complete entry and exit points from both northbound and southbound directions.

The soon-to-open Bamban Interchange will likewise have three entry and three exit lanes providing a direct connection to the New Clark City which will be the main venue for this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

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Pulilan-Baliuag diversion road now open to motorists — DPWH

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Courtesy: DPWH Secretary Mark Villar

The newly-constructed Pulilan-Baliuag diversion road in Bulacan is now open to motorists, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Thursday (May 9).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the road project in Pulilan with a ceremonial drive-through along with officials of the Bulacan provincial government.

Villar said the completed 9.60-kilometer long road is expected to cut down travel time from an hour to just 10 minutes as it bypasses the highly congested portions of Maharlika highway in Pulilan and Baliuag towns.

The diversion road begins at Pulilan-Calumpit road in Barangay Tibag, Pulilan and ends in Daang Maharlika in Barangay Tarcan in Baliuag, Bulacan.

Villar said that aside from easing travel time, the new road will also help expedite the transport of goods and boost local economies.

The four-lane road project, which costs more than P700 million, began in 2015 and was completed within the first half of 2019. (with details from Nestor Torres)

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DPWH: Road reblocking in parts of Edsa, C5 this weekend

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced it will implement scheduled repair and maintenance works along Edsa and C5 road this weekend.

In an advisory posted on its official Twitter account, the DPWH said the reblocking and repair works will begin on Friday (May 3) at 11 p.m. and will end on Monday (May 6) at 5 a.m.

The agency said that parts of Edsa will be closed to traffic, particularly the portion fronting Baliwag Transit to New York Street, first and second lane from the sidewalk; 50 meters after Magallanes MRT to the outer lane of KM 29, and the road before New York street to after Monte de Piedad second lane from sidewalk.

Part of the C5 road fronting SM Aura beside the sidewalk will also be closed for repair.

Motorists are advised to use possible alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic in mentioned areas. – rrdg

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