Around half a million vehicles would be plying three expressways during the Holy Week, an official of the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) said on Monday.
During the launch of the annual motorist program “Safe Trip mo, Sagot Ko,” MNTC President Rodrigo Franco added that they are expecting that the usual traffic on North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) alone would have a total of at least 400,000 vehicles.
He said on a regular basis, the NLEx has a traffic volume of “close to 180,000” vehicles, SCTex 28,000 and Cavitex 101,000.
Based on these figures, Franco said they are expecting that the volume of traffic on the highways would increase by at least 30 percent during Lent.
According to him, traffic is eyed to build up starting Holy Wednesday (April 16) up to around noontime the next day and on the afternoon of Black Saturday (April 19) up to the late evening of Easter (April 20).
Normal maintenance for the three roads will resume by Tuesday the week after (April 22).
Managers of the three expressways would try to ease travel during Holy Week.
NLEX would deploy additional personnel to man toll plazas especially in Balintawak, Bocaue, Mindanao Avenue, Dau and Mabalacat exits.
SCTEX would put up manual lanes in Tarlac and Tipo Exits and Cavitex would increase the number of traffic officers, toll tellers and security personnel.
Motorist camps would be put at strategic locations that would provide first aid and mechanic services.
Free phone calls and wifi would be given in select toll service facilities.