Construction of NLEX-SCTEX Integration Starts in March
Date Posted : February 18, 2015
The construction for the NLEX-SCTEX integration will start in March this year with the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) now sourcing for a contractor to undertake the civil works.
This development comes on the heels of the signing of the integration agreement last week between MNTC and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) with Senate President Franklin Drilon (center) as main witness. The integration of NLEX and SCTEX will be implemented by MNTC at an estimated cost of P650 million.
When the integration is finished before the year ends, motorists will only make two stops at toll plazas instead of five from Balintawak to Subic Tipo and back, and two stops instead of four from Balintawak to Tarlac and back.
MNTC is also expected to take over the SCTEX concession this year as it has been recently awarded the contract for the management, operation and maintenance of the 94-km SCTEX. The award was issued by BCDA following the results of the Price Challenge held last January 30, 2015.
MNTC president Rodrigo E. Franco said the integration will provide motorists with a more continuous travel experience along the NLEX and the SCTEX.
“The toll collection technology that is available to NLEX motorists will now be used along the SCTEX, making travel faster and more efficient,” he said.
For his part, MPTC president Ramoncito S. Fernandez said the NLEX-SCTEX integration is only the beginning of MPTC’s plan to link the countryside and Metro Manila and boost socioeconomic development in the regions. Soon, motorists will enjoy even greater convenience with the NLEX Harbor Link segments and Connector Road already being started in different phases,” Fernandez added
The integration will bring to SCTEX the modern features of NLEX’s toll collection system. These include the use of dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) tags, contactless and magnetic cards, and in the near future, radio frequency identification (RFID) sticker tags as means of paying toll.
MNTC said some toll barriers and toll plazas will be removed or transferred to pave the way for the integrated system.
Among the barriers that will be removed are the NLEX Dau Barrier and the SCTEX Mabalacat Toll Barrier. New toll plazas will be constructed at the existing entry and exit ramps at NLEX Dau and Sta. Ines. A new SCTEX Tarlac Toll Plaza will also be constructed.
The toll collection system integration will feature a common transit ticket system for both NLEX’s closed system and that of the SCTEX. A single official receipt will be issued to motorists, showing a breakdown of the NLEX and SCTEX portions of their trips.
Signing the agreement are, from left: Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation president and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez, MNTC president and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco, BCDA president and CEO Arnel Casanova, and Department of Transportation and Communication undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla.