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Part of the North Luzon Expressway. Photo from nlex.com.ph.

Toll road developer Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC) has lined up a number of capacity expansion projects including construction of additional lanes, bridges, and toll plazas in efforts to improve travel convenience on its expressways.

In addition, the tollway company announced it will again implement the “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko (SMSK)” Motorist Assistance Program which includes enhancing traffic management and toll collection services to manage the 10% surge in traffic during the Holy Week.

For MPTC’s expansion projects, it said construction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10’s C3-R10 Section is well underway to further connect NLEX to the port area. This 2.6-kilometer elevated expressway will traverse the Caloocan Interchange in C3 to R10 in Navotas City.

Expected to be finished by December this year, the C3-R10 section is seen to boost transport logistics as cargo trucks will have direct access from the port area to the provinces in the north and vice versa via the NLEX.

The C3-R10 section is the extension of the 5.65-kilometer portion of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 from Karuhatan, Valenzuela City to C3 Road, Caloocan City. The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 was opened last February 28 and has since served over 100,000 vehicles.

Meanwhile, to address the increasing traffic volume on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), more toll lanes will be built on Clark South A and South B exits; Clark North entry and exit; San Miguel northbound entry and exit; and Tarlac entry and exit. Construction of Bamban Interchange, which will link the expressway to New Clark City, is also ongoing, in time for country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.

In previous years, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the MPTC’s unit NLEX Corporation implemented several enhancement projects along the 94-kilometer SCTEX. The projects included the NLEX-SCTEX integration in 2016, which reduced toll collection stops and improved travel time of motorists; the expansion of Tipo Toll Plaza and Mabiga Interchange; and the pavement rehabilitation of the entire expressway.

Moreover, CCTV systems, LED lights, emergency call boxes, crash cushions, and reflective delineator plates were installed along SCTEX to enhance motorists’ safety. A new traffic control room was also put up to monitor real-time traffic along the expressway. The management, operation, and maintenance of SCTEX was turned over by BCDA to NLEX Corp. in 2015.

On the 8-kilometer NLEX Segment 7 or the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX), two new expressway lanes will be added to better accommodate the growing number of vehicles going in and out of the Subic Bay Freeport.

From one lane in each direction, SFEX will now have two lanes in each direction including a new tunnel, and two new bridges—Jadjad Bridge and Argonaut Bridge. Expressway-standard LED lights will be installed to keep the expressway safe for motorists, particularly night-time drivers.

NLEX Corp. and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will also undertake road network expansion projects along NLEX, connecting it to national roads to benefit the province of Bulacan.

New entry ramps from Balagtas Interchange to the NLEX northbound and from Gov. Halili Avenue to NLEX Bocaue southbound toll plaza are being constructed to help ease traffic congestion in these areas. A southbound exit toll plaza and northbound entry and exit toll plazas will be built in Brgy. Tambubong to make up the new Tambubong Interchange. This interchange will serve as an alternate route for motorists bound for Pandi, Bulacan and nearby towns.

Motorists heading to Metro Manila from central and northern Luzon destinations also now have a prime pit stop on the southbound of NLEX in Canumay, Valenzuela City. Dubbed as the NLEX Drive & Dine, the new expressway service facility features a wide variety of retail and food establishments. This is the first expressway service facility owned by NLEX Ventures Corporation, a subsidiary of NLEX Corp.

Meanwhile, MPTC unit MPT South Corporation is expanding the Wawa, Parañaque, and Las Piñas bridges as well as adding cash lanes at the Parañaque Toll Plaza in Cavitex as part of continuing efforts to provide better service to motorists.

Construction is also ongoing for the Cavitex C5 South Link and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX). The 7.7-kilometer, six-lane Cavitex C5 South Link aims to help decongest traffic by linking major business districts in Makati and Taguig to the southern cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite. It will eventually connect to the 45-kilometer, four-lane CALAX which will start from Kawit, Cavite to Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

Last year, the Cavitex southbound flyover and the Marina left turning facility were opened to motorists to enable seamless travel in the area.

Motorist assistance program

In time for Holy Week, the MPTC is again implementing the expanded SMSK along NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX in anticipation of the surge in the volume of travelers this Lenten season.

Now on its 10th year, the SMSK will continue to cover not only the Holy Week, Undas, Christmas, and New Year holidays but also the forthcoming long weekend leading to National Heroes’ Day.

This Holy Week, around 700 tellers and patrol officers will be deployed on the NLEX-SCTEX to enhance traffic management and toll collection services.

From April 15 to April 22, NLEX-SCTEX traffic management teams will adopt extended working hours to closely monitor and manage the expected high volume of vehicles on Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, Bocaue, Tarlac, San Miguel, and Tipo toll plazas.

In the peak hours of April 17 to April 22, these toll plazas will increase toll collection points by as much as 50%. Portable booths and portable toll collection equipment will be used to lessen motorist’s waiting time at the toll plazas.

During the same period, CAVITEX will deploy more traffic patrol officers and security personnel to manage the traffic and assist motorists. Additional tellers will also be on standby to facilitate faster toll transactions.

Road works on th NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX will be suspended from April 12 until April 22 unless safety repairs are required.

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