NLEX Continues Road Projects
NLEX Corporation continues to build its major road projects. Among these include the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) Capacity Expansion (which is already 92% complete and is slated to be finished during the first quarter of 2021), Candaba Viaduct Upgrade and NLEX Connector.
Once the SFEX is completed, it will complement the infrastructure program of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), embracing the growing traffic and the delivery of goods coming in and going out of the zone. Some of the features of this 8.2-km ex[pressway include an extra two expressway lanes, two bridges and a new tunnel that increases the capacity from one lane to two lanes in each direction. This also includes installing the expressway-standard LED lighting sale for night driving and for better flood management, increasing the elevation of the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction.
According to NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, “These will improve traffic flow and connectivity, as well as promote road safety for hundreds of thousands of motorists in Central and Northern Luzon.”
Aside from the SFEX, NLEX also resumes upgrades on the 5-km Candaba Viaduct for the comfort and safety of all commuters. At the end of 2020, NLEX changed 13 link slabs on the southbound portion of the Candaba Viaduct, and to strengthen the bridge, around 12 more link slabs on the southbound segment have to be changed.
The tollway firm is also positive that Section 1 of the NLEX Connector Project that links NLEX to Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 should be finished during the last quarter of the year. According to NLEX, this project is already 16% complete. When done, this road reduces travel time from 2 hours to 20 minutes, along NLEX to SLEX and vice-versa, cuts travel time from Pampanga to Laguna from 3 hours to 1 hour and 40 minutes. This also improves the connectivity between the Clark International Airport and the NAIA. When finished, this will benefit at least 35,000 vehicles a day.
“These three major road projects are essential to the country’s economic growth,” Bautista added. “They add to the commercial development of several cities, in line with our country’s ambition, and NLEX’s vision toward nation-building.”