The Manila North Tollways Corp (MNTC) said it expected to complete the P141.7 million asphalt overlay on a 30-kms stretch and road patching of a 20-kms lane of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on May 30, a top official said on Thursday.
MNTC President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo Franco said the maintenance work, which started in October 2014, involved asphalt overlay of stretches from San Fernando to Angeles northbound, Mexico to San Fernando southbound and Bocaue to Sta. Rita northbound.
“The heavy maintenance project is done every year in order to maintain the high quality of NLEX and to continue to improve the quality of service,” Franco said.
Despite maintenance works, motorists are assured of smooth traffic flow as MNTC implements a traffic management policy that only one lane should be closed at any given time.
Asphalt overlay is undertaken from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patching works are done from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
“In NLEX, we do not wait until serious damage takes place. We want to ensure seamless travel that is why we regularly do the necessary repairs and maintenance,” Franco said.
MNTC said its capital expenditures may reach P10 billion this year to finance the construction of two NLEX connector projects—Segment 9 and Segment 10—and the takeover and expansion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). SCTEX is a 94-kilometer four-lane expressway connecting the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga and Tarlac.
MNTC signed an agreement with the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) last week for the integration of the NLEX and SCTEX.
The breakdown of the P10 billion spending for this year includes P5 billion for the construction of Segment 9 and 10; P3.5 billion for the upfront payment for SCTEX; and P1 billion for the SCTEX expansion plan.
In January, MNTC started the construction of the NLEX Karuhatan Valenzuela Interchange, the last major infrastructure needed to complete the 2.42-kilometer Segment 9 that will link NLEX to MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City.
The daily average vehicle traffic at NLEX was estimated at more than 180,000.