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NLEX: safer, faster, more comfortable

It was a “banner year” for the NLEX Corporation in 2017, building new kilometer lanes, expanding toll plazas, enhancing interchanges, opening new exits, installing additional roadway lighting, and diversifying electronic payment options, and pavement upgrades.

 

NLEX Corporation President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco made this assessment at the close of 2017, and he welcomes the new year, he said, “as a defining period where we will build on our accomplishments and bring to completion big ticket projects slated for 2018.”

 

Reviewing what was accomplished, Franco said: “We are heartened by the realization that we indeed have made travelling through our tollways safer, faster and more comfortable.” NLEX Corp. operates both the 97-km North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the 94-km Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

 

“More expansion and enhancement projects are on the way this year that will provide further comfort and convenience to motorists,” Franco noted.

 

Among the projects completed in 2017 for North Luzon Expressway are:

 

Some 64 lane kilometers of world class expressway, 56 lane kilometers from Sta. Rita to San Fernando in Pampanga, and 8 lane kilometers from Dau to Sta. Ines, also in Pampanga. “The additional lane kilometers expanded the road capacity of NLEX in heavy traffic areas, and thus enhanced free flow of traffic,” according to Franco.  

 

Three toll plazas in Balintawak, Mindanao Ave., and Meycauayan were expanded. Toll lanes at Balintawak plaza were increased from 17 to 25; the three-lane Mindanao plaza adopted a fishbone design to allow for easy exit; and the toll lanes of Meycauayan plaza increased from four to five lanes. Expanded toll lanes effectively provide more “breathing space” toll plazas, and reduced long queues of vehicles.

 

NLEX also constructed three new exits –namely Lingunan, Libtong, and Pandayan. The Lingunan southbound exit has decongested traffic at the Valenzuela interchange; the Libtong northbound exit relieved rush hour traffic at Meycauayan interchange, while Pandayan southbound exit also contributed to free traffic flow at Meycauayan.

 

This project has catered to about 13,000 vehicles coming in and out of the city via NLEX. These exits also make commercial activities in the city more efficient by lessening traffic.

 

 Interchange enhancements were undertaken at the San Fernando Interchange where traffic was building up due to increased commercial activities of two big malls. The enhancements project took the form of two new bridges that function as separate carriageways.

 

As a result, operators, passengers, and business owners within the City of San Fernando and other parts of Central Luzon have greater travel convenience because of the interchange enhancements.

 

The groundbreaking of R-10 section of the NLEX Harbor Link Project, a 2.6 kilometer continuation of the 5.7 km. NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, was also held in 2017. Its vital role is to provide direct access from the Port Area to northern Luzon provinces, via NLEX.

 

Another improvement undertaken by NLEX was the roadway lighting from Balagtas in Bulacan to San Fernando in Pampanga. NLEX installed close to 800 LED lights – greatly illuminating the stretch and contributed to road safety. The illumination enhanced road safety at night time.

 

NLEX diversified electronic payment options – and motorists traversing NLEX can now pay their tollway fees by using their Easy Trip RFID, beep cards, and Mastercard contactless debit, prepaid and credit cards, including their Smart Mastercard powered by PayMaya. This resulted in faster, more secure and more convenient transactions at the toll booths.

 

Over at Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the NLEX Corporation completed its rehabilitation of the entire SCTEX pavement from Tipo to Tarlac, thus increasing the comfort and convenience of motorists in the area.

 

NLEX Corp. has also modernized the SCTEX Traffic Control Room, featuring a central traffic management system that monitors 24/7 real-time traffic. The SCTEX Control Room is now at par with the ultra-modern NLEX Traffic Control Room.

        

The company also installed over 100 CCTV cameras to keep close watch over SCTEX including toll plazas and toll booths. This also helped in monitoring and surveying what factors can be changed to provide better service for motorists and commuters.

 

With all these accomplishments, the tollways firm hopes to continue making substantial improvements on NLEX-SCTEX that will provide not only ease of travel, but also to spur growth in the communities traversed by the expressways.