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.
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.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation is set to start the construction of the P1.6 billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) capacity expansion project after a groundbreaking ceremony held on Thursday (Sept. 12).
NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista said the project is aimed at promoting traffic safety and easing travel time to and from the Subic Bay Freeport.
“By increasing the road capacity of SFEX, which traverses the provinces of Bataan and Zambales, the transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport would be faster and easier,” Bautista said.
The SFEX capacity expansion project includes the construction of two additional lanes, two bridges at Jadjad and Argonaut and a two-lane tunnel parallel to the existing tunnel.
Also included in the project are the installation of expressway-standard LED lights to improve motorists’ visibility at night and the raising of Maritan-Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction which is usually waterlogged during rainy days.
“One of the key drivers of economic growth is the network of high-quality roads. The NLEX Corp., through NLEX and SCTEX, and the soon- to-expanded SFEX not only intends to accelerate development but also hopes to encourage travel convenience and road safety,” Bautista said in a separate statement.
The 8.2-kilometer SFEX, also known as Subic-Tipo Expressway or NLEX Segment 7, links Subic Bay Freeport and the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.
The project, expected to be completed next year, is seen to enhance accessibility and promote travel efficiency on the key road that connects Bataan and Zambales.
It is also expected to boost Subic’s competitiveness in trade and tourism industries. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
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