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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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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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NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 opening to public soon: DPWH

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with his team during the final inspection of
North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 | Courtesy: PIA Central Luzon

MANILA, Philippines — Traffic up North will soon be decongested with the imminent opening of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) conducted a dry-run on Wednesday for the opening of the elevated portion of the NLEX Harbor Link tollway on February 26, 2019.

According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, 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.

“Lahat po ng trucks galing sa ports, pwede na nilang gamitin ito papuntang NLEX, so hindi na kailangan dumaan sa mga arteries natin sa Metro Manila,” Villar added.

The DPWH chief also said that the newly-constructed road is expected to ease travel from C3 Road to NLEX from five (5) to ten (10) minutes. It will also 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.

He also assured that motorists using the Harbor link will not be charged for the first two weeks of the opening.

“Ngayon, may option na sila dito na lang sa Harbor link diresto na sa Manila area. Makakatulong din sa traffic sa EDSA sa C5, at ang expected traffic dito ay 30,000 a day at yun din ang mababawas sa traffic sa Metro Manila,” he said.

Aside from lessened travel time, the new road is also envisioned to open more opportunities in nearby towns, such as the creation of more jobs and the ascent of land value.

The DPWH began the project in 2014, in partnership with the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation which operates the NLEX Corporation.

Villar assured that the new road is safe for motorists’ use and is at par with the international safety standards.

“Napakalaking bagay kasi sa ngayon may truck ban, pero ‘pag nag-open na po ito, dito na dadaan ang mga truck papuntang NLEX, napakalaking bagay. Isipin n’yo na lang ‘yung truck, is equal to ilang kotse yan? Sa laki ng truck, malaking bagay sa traffic. We make sure that our new road (follows) international standard sa safety,” Villar concluded. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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Drowsy driver tips over 16-wheeler

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Fighting off sleep while on the road, a driver ended up tipping over the 16-wheeler truck he was driving along North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Thursday at dawn.

Stephen Morones,30, was driving with delivery helper, Fernando Santillan, when he suddenly felt drowsy from working all night loading containers until morning.

He tried to park by the side of the road for a quick nap but was prevented from doing so.

“Tatabi dapat ako diyan kaya lang sinusundan kami ng wrecker. Nakikusap ako ng kahit 30 minutes lang, hindi ako pinagbigyan eh, kaya dinerecho ko na (I was going to park by the side but a wrecker was following us. I asked if I could have at least 30 minutes, but they wouldn’t allow it. So, I just kept on driving),” Morones said.

Struggling to stay awake, he continued to drive not realizing that he was already falling asleep at the wheel.

The truck initially crashed into a concrete separator and a road sign before flipping over onto its side, blocking the two lanes on NLEX.

Santillan sustained foot injuries and complained of pain in the hip while Morones has trouble walking after the accident.

No one else was reported hurt by the incident.

The crash caused heavy traffic on NLEX and Edsa northbound prompting the NLEX traffic control to send for a lifter to haul the truck to the impounding area at the Pulilan Exit.

The truck’s driver will be facing reckless driving resulting in damage to property. — Chato Alonsagay (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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