NLEX at SLEX, naghahanda na para sa pagdagsa ng mga motorista sa long holiday

admin   •   March 25, 2015   •   5180

FILE PHOTO: NLEX-Balintawak toll gate (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang pamunuan ng North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) at South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) sa lahat ng motorista na paghandaang mabuti ang mahabang biyahe patungong probinsya sa darating na long holiday.

Naghahanda na rin ang pamunuan ng NLEX at SLEX upang masiguro na magiging ligtas at mabilis ang paglalakbay ng mga motorista.

May mga bagong sistema na ipatutupad ang Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) upang mabawasan ang congestion sa mga toll plaza.

Lahat ng mga motorista na patungong norte na dadaan ng SCTEX ay hindi na kailangang magbayad pa sa Dau toll plaza kundi diretso na sa Mabalacat at vice versa.

Ang dating 5 stops papuntang Subic at 4 stops patungong Tarlac ay magiging tatlo na lamang at mula sa mahigit dalawang oras na biyahe papuntang Subic ay magiging mahigit isang oras na lamang.

“Mawawala na yung mahabang pila dun dahil ngayon gagawin na naming pass through lane yung Dau toll barrier sa mga motoristang nagbabayad ng cash, pass through kasi tuloy tuloy na lang ang daan nila,” pahayag ni Glenn Campos, MNTC Assistant Vice President for Traffic and Operations Management.

Simula Abril 1 at 2 ay mabibili na ng mga motorista ang express card sa NLEX na may diskuwentong five percent.

Sa tala ng MNTC, inaasahang tataas ang bilang ng mga sasakyan sa NLEX ng 200,000 mula sa dating 180,000.

Sisikip naman ang traffic sa NLEX northbound sa hapon ng Abril 1, Miyerkules hanggang sa umaga ng Abril 2, araw ng Huwebes.

Sa mga babalik ng Maynila, inaasahang mas magiging mabigat ang traffic sa hapon ng Abril 4 araw ng Sabado at gabi ng Abril 5, araw ng Linggo.

Ayon sa mga toll operators, tumataas ang bilang ng mga aksidente ng 20% kapag ganitong panahon kaya’t pinapayuhan ang lahat na maging maingat sa pagmamaneho, ititigil naman ang lahat ng mga pagkukumpuni sa kalsada sa NLEX simula March 27 upang mapabilis ang biyahe ng mga motorista.

Ayon sa pamunuan ng NLEX, ang sistemang ipatutupad ngayong long holiday ay bilang paghahanda na rin sa toll integration sa SCTEX na planong ipatupad sa darating na Nobyembre.

“Very important yung integration, malaking kaluwagan talaga ang idudulot niyan when it is completed in November,” pahayag ni MNTC CEO Rod Franco.

Nag-apply na rin ang mga bus operator ng permit sa LTFRB upang makapagserbisyo sa mga kababayan nating luluwas ng probinsya na sasakay ng bus. (Mon Jocson / UNTV News)

LIST: NLEX lane closures from Nov. 5 to 8

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several lanes in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will be temporarily closed to motorists from November 5 to 8, its management warned.

In an advisory, NLEX said a lane in both northbound and southbound directions will be closed on Nov. 5 from 12midnight to 4 a.m., and 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. of Nov. 6 to give way to the Department of Public Works and Highways’ construction of the new Bocaue Interchange Bridge.

The NLEX also said a bridge condition assessment will also be conducted on the northbound sections of the expressway.

It said the portions to be assessed include Tullahan River Bridge, approximately 600 meters past Balintawak Toll Plaza, and Malaking Sapa Bridge-Northbound after Lawang Bato exit.

The management said the bridge assessment will be conducted at night time, and one lane will be closed to motorists from November 5 to 8 at 12 midnight to 4 a.m.

SLEX, Skyway postpones Oct. 14 implementation of window hours for trucks

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation (SOMCO) on Friday announced it has postponed the planned implementation of window hours for trucks coming from Southern Luzon to Metro Manila.

SOMCO earlier said that Manila-bound trucks will only be limited to midday trips via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR Toll Plaza beginning Monday, Oct. 14, in a bid to ease heavy traffic in the area.

The toll operator previously announced that trucks can only pass through the SLEX between 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and between 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. For the STAR Tollway, trucks may pass from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and between 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Manuel Bonoan, president of SOMCO, explained that they decided to defer the implementation of window hours to refine the policy for sectors involved.

“May mga truckers kasi who have been asking reconsideration for ‘yung signages namin kasi there are trucks coming from the south na actually do not reach Alabang viaduct, irerefine lang namin siguro yung mga signanes sa mga toll plazas namin,” Bonoan told UNTV News in a phone interview.

The planned implementation of window hours for trucks comes amid heavier traffic flow towards the metro due to ongoing construction of a ramp extension.

This week, the toll operator imposed one-way traffic at the east service road northbound from Alabang to Sucat Interchange to give way for the construction of the at-grade portion of an extended Skyway ramp, seen to be completed next month.

The traffic jam along the expressway has prompted some lawmakers to call for the suspension or reduction of toll rates at SLEX to provide relief to motorists.

According to Julius Corpuz, spokesperson for the Toll Regulatory Board, the proposal has been forwarded to the toll operator for discussion.

“Naipaabot na po natin yan sa management ng ating project concessionaire at ganun din siguro sila tinitignan nila kung ano yung posibilidad tungkol dyan sa panukalang magkaroon muna ng toll fee reduction or suspension dito sa SLEX,” he said.

SOMCO said the construction is being fast-tracked to avoid further congestions during the holiday season.

A portion of the project is expected to be completed by November while the entire Skyway extension is seen to be finished by the last quarter of 2020. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Traffic management plan sought amid worsening traffic in SLEx

Marje Pelayo   •   October 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Traffic situation has become heavier along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) after its third lane was closed specifically the section where the construction of the Skyway Project is ongoing.

Commuters have been complaining as travel time from San Pedro in Laguna to Makati City usually takes up to an exhausting four hours of ride.

Residents in Muntinlupa City area also lament that the project has not only affected their income but their daily routine as well.

“There was not enough lead time for them to be informed for them to come up with, for us to come up with a management plan,” said Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

“(Nowadays) from Alabang all the way to Tunasan is a daily bog down, so life practically stops,” he added.

To address the problem, House Transportation Committee Chairman Edgar Sarmiento urges government agencies to immediately come up with a traffic management plan based on the data that transpired in the House Committee hearing on Wednesday (October 2).

“Isang taon mahigit itong project nila. Ngayon we are only October of 2019. Matatapos po iyan December of 2020. Kung iisipin nyo po arawan na arawan ganyan ang ibibigay natin sa mga tao, napakahirap,” Sarmiento argued.

(This project has been ongoing for a year already. Now, it’s October 2019 and it is expected to complete in December of 2020. Imagine the situation each and every day. This is what we serve the public and this is inconvenient.)

The Skyway O&M Corporation that manages the Skyway Project has apologized for the problems the construction is causing the commuters.

But the firm maintains that once Stage 3 of the project is completed, traffic flow will return to normal.

Sarmiento expects that the traffic plan will be ready for the next Committee hearing. MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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