MNTC constructs new NLEX exits in Meycauayan, Valenzuela
The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), the builder and concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), has started the construction of two additional exit ramps in Meycauayan City and one new exit ramp in Valenzuela City. This is part of its continuing program to make travel at the NLEX-SCTEX faster and more convenient for motorists.
This project is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. The additional exits will be located at the northbound portion of Libtong and the southbound portion of Pandayan in Meycauayan, while a new exit will be constructed at the southbound side of Lingunan in Valenzuela City.
“The new exits will address the surge in the number of motorists using the Meycauayan and Paso de Blas Valenzuela exits to help minimize queuing in these areas during rush hours,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, MNTC president and chief executive officer.
Queuing of large trucks and container vans usually happens during peak hours in the exits to both cities where a substantial number of industrial compounds are located.
“Apart from improving travel, these new exits also aim to further stimulate commerce and development in our host communities,” Franco pointed out.
For its part, the City Government of Meycauayan led by Mayor Henry Villarica expressed support for MNTC’s various projects aimed at addressing the traffic congestion in the city.
“We are working closely with MNTC to ensure smooth traffic flow in Meycauayan,” said Mayor Villarica, adding that “a comprehensive traffic management program has been crafted for the long-term traffic solutions in the city.”
The city has intensified its traffic management by deploying more traffic enforcers and strictly implementing ordinances that prevent illegal parking, loading and unloading along the local roads.
MNTC is also undertaking the signalization of the Meycauayan east roundabout as part of the Meycauayan Interchange Improvement Project.
Vehicular traffic on both the east and west directions of the Camalig-Iba-Malhacan roads in Meycauayan has dramatically grown as this Bulacan city has become home to large manufacturing companies and commercial establishments.
Other enhancements that are set to be carried out at the Meycauayan Interchange include the relocation of the southbound toll plaza, modification of pavement, and widening of the Malhacan road approach.
“MNTC will continue to search for solutions to ease travel and make toll fees work for motorists through improved roads and premium customer service,” Franco said.
Just recently, MNTC has completed the expansion of the NLEX Bocaue Toll Barrier from 26 toll lanes to 34 toll lanes to better serve motorists using the southbound toll plaza. The additional lanes are composed of four manual lanes, two Easytrip lanes and two mixed lanes. Traffic volume in the said toll plaza increases by 10 to 15 percent during holidays when many motorists return to Manila from their trips in North Luzon provinces.