Construction of P148.3B NALEX, P152B SALEX to begin in Q4

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Southern Access Link Expressway's basic alignment. Photo from Toll Regulatory Board.
  • SMC Southern Access Link Expressway Corp. and SMC Northern Access Link Expressway Corp. will undertake the construction of SALEX and NALEX, respectively
  • Toll Regulatory Board executive director Alvin Carullo earlier said the two projects are in the final engineering design phase
  • SMC’s Pasig River Expressway and South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 5 are also in the FED Phase

Construction of the P148.3-billion Northern Access Link Expressway (NALEX) and P152-billion Southern Access Link Expressway (SALEX) are set to commence in the fourth quarter of the year.

In a regulatory disclosure, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said its corporate affiliates, SMC Southern Access Link Expressway Corp. and SMC Northern Access Link Expressway Corp., will undertake the construction of SALEX and NALEX, respectively.

Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) executive director Alvin Carullo earlier said the two projects are already in the final engineering design (FED) phase.

NALEX is component 1 of the Greater Capital Region Integrated Expressways Network (GCRIEN). It consists of two phases. Phase 1 is a proposed 136.4 km expressway envisioned to provide connectivity between the Metro/Mega Manila, SMC’s New Manila International Airport in Bulacan, and Central Luzon as an extension and/or linkage of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 at Balintawak.

Phase 2 is a demand-driven expansion from Masantol, Pampanga to Tarlac City.

The supplemental toll operation agreement (STOA) for the project was approved on May 6, 2022.

SALEX is component 2 of the GCRIEN and is proposed to be a 40.65 km elevated expressway network comprised of the Shoreline Expressway and three Skyway Stage 3 extensions, namely: C3-R10 Extension, Quirino Extension, and Buendia Extension. Its STOA was approved on June 27, 2022.

Aside from these two projects, two other SMC expressways are in the FED phase: the Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Toll Road 5 (TR 5).

READ: 4 SMC expressway projects in final engineering design phase

Carullo earlier admitted though that implementation for PAREX may take time as it is being opposed by various groups due to environmental concerns.

PAREX is a 19.37 km, six-lane, all elevated expressway that will traverse the Pasig River from Radial Road 10 in the City of Manila to its termination at a connection with the proposed South East Metro Manila Expressway at Circumferential Road 6.

SLEX TR 5, meanwhile, will be composed of eight segments that will run parallel to the existing Philippine National Railway, Maharlika Highway and Padre Burgos National Road or Quirino Highway.

It will start from the terminal point of SLEX TR4 Project at Brgy. Mayao, Lucena City, Quezon and will end at Matnog, Sorsogon near the Matnog Ferry Terminal. Its STOA was also approved on June 27, 2022.

PAREX will be operated by SMC subsidiary Skyway O&M Corp while SLEX TR 5 will be operated by SLEX operator Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc.