New NLEX lanes eyed to support government’s infrastructure projects
Date Posted : March 08, 2017
The new NLEX projects of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), which include 64 new lane-kilometers in Bulacan and Pampanga, are envisioned to support the government’s big-ticket infrastructure projects that include building of roads, bridges, railways and the improvement of airports to spur development and ease traffic congestion in the country.
The mantra of the administration’s planned infrastructure program is “build, build, build” – with the government eyeing to spend P8 trillion for infrastructure projects in the next five years to move the country forward and improve the lives of the Filipino people by generating investments, creating jobs and lowering prices of commodities.
This particular battle cry of the government is something that MNTC, concessionaire of the NLEX, strongly believes in as it recently announced that the P2.6-billion new expressway lanes project will help improve travel convenience and promote growth of local businesses in the Central Luzon region.
When finished, expressway road capacity of the stretch from Sta. Rita in Bulacan to San Fernando in Pampanga will be expanded from the existing 2x2 lanes to 3x3 lanes in each direction giving motorists a faster, more seamless travel.
The new projects also include the construction of new expressway lanes on both sides of the 5-km long Candaba Viaduct. When completed, the road capacity of the Candaba Viaduct will be expanded for the first time since it was constructed in the ‘70s.
MNTC also built a new 2x2, 4-kilometer expressway in the Mabalacat City portion of the NLEX including two new bridges. This new project, which was completed in October last year, will henceforth segregate northbound and southbound motorists along separate carriageways and promote road safety.
MNTC is awaiting government approvals, through the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), before the new expressway lanes are opened to the motoring public.
“The new expressway projects support the government’s mission to boost socio-economic growth with infrastructures that facilitate more efficient and faster transport of good and services within Central Luzon, MNTC President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco said, adding that, “once inaugurated, the new expressway lanes will not only provide faster, safer and more convenient travel to motorists, but will also decongest traffic in the urban areas.”
MNTC had also installed 800 expressway-standard LED road lighting between the Balagtas section all the way to San Fernando City. It will also light up an additional 33 kilometers along the NLEX to improve safety of motorists.
The tollways firm cited that the opening of the new expressway lanes will provide motorists with easier access to the Clark International Airport and the Clark Green City, the 9,450-hectare development project located within the Clark Special Economic Zone in Tarlac.