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P7.7-B road works seen easing MM traffic


NLEx Corp. is now implementing major road projects and improvements worth P7.7 billion to help alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila and key areas of the NLEx-SCTEx (North Luzon Expressway-Subic-Capas-Tarlac Expressway) network.

“A number of projects are simultaneously being implemented in our expressway network in order to ease traffic and prioritize the safety and convenience of our motorists,” according to NLEx Corp. President and General Manager J. Luigi Bautista.

The projects under construction include new interchanges such as the Tambubong northbound entry and southbound exit, Balagtas northbound entry, Bocaue River Bridge rehabilitation along
NLEx, Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) Ciudad de Victoria Interchange and new expressway lanes, and NLEx Harbor Link Segment 10 C3-R10 Section.

These projects, which are being implemented by the DPWH and NLEx, are expected to provide efficient routes for transportation and help develop communities and businesses in Bulacan.
The DPWH acquires the rights-of-way and assumes other construction costs for these projects.

“The DPWH continuously supports road network expansion along NLEx to facilitate ease of travel, encourage economic growth, and improve public services,” DPWH Region 3 Director Roseller Tolentino said.

The 600-meter NLEx Balagtas northbound entry is almost complete and will be opened to motorists within this month.

This new artery will provide direct access to motorists coming from Balagtas Interchange going to NLEx northbound.

At present, motorists headed for the north from Balagtas or Plaridel Bypass have to pass through local roads and enter NLEx northbound via Sta. Rita in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

Aside from this project, the construction of a new Tambubong Interchange is progressing well toward enhancing the Bulacan road network and helping lessen heavy traffic at the Bocaue Interchange.

Toll plazas at the southbound entry and northbound entry lanes will be constructed at Brangay Tambubong to serve as alternate routes for motorists bound for Pandi, Bulacan and nearby towns.

Also the first phase of Ciudad de Victoria Interchange near Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan has reached its halfway completion milestone.

The project involves the construction of two additional lanes along the existing Bocaue Municipal Road, a new 80-linear meter 2×2 lane bridge crossing the NLEx and the rehabilitation of the inner road of Philippine Arena for a total length of 1.93 kilometers.

This road segment will begin near the Bocaue Municipal Hall and will extend to Sta. Maria, Bulacan, bypassing the heavily congested Governor F. Halili Avenue in Bocaue.
The DPWH is also constructing an additional bridge at Bocaue Interchange to increase its capacity to two lanes per direction.

“With all these enhancements, we are hoping to raise the level of convenience and satisfaction of motorists traveling our expressways,” Bautista said.

Congressman Gavini Pancho of Bulacan’s Second District, who was instrumental in pushing for these road network improvements, noted that “these road projects will significantly contribute to the decongestion of our roads and will highly benefit the public, not only the Bulakeños, but also those traveling [to and from] Central Luzon.”

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