SUBIC Freeport Expressway’s expanded section of 8.2 kilometers will be temporarily accessible until 15 January, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., in anticipation of motorists who will travel for the holidays. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PTV
The P1.6-billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) temporarily opened Monday and will be operational until 15 January to deal with the expected influx of motorists.
Operator North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation said Monday the new road, constructed beside the existing SFEX carriageway, will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It will be closed from 6:01 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. the next day for the continuing construction of remaining works.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the 8.2-kilometer road is 92 percent complete.
“While there are still works to be done in some areas, we are temporarily opening the new road to ease the travel of our motorists this holiday season, especially the truckers and merchants who are delivering essential goods,” he said.
SFEX Capacity Expansion involves the conversion of the Subic Freeport Expressway to a 2×2 divided expressway, with the construction of two additional expressway lanes, two new bridges and a new tunnel.
The project also includes the installation of expressway-standard LED lights, raising of elevation of Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction and the enhancement of the drainage system for better flood management.
NLEX Corporation expects transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport to be “faster and simpler” once it completes the project.
Night driving will also be equally safe and enjoyable for our motorists,” NLEX Corporation president and general manager J. Luigi Bautista said.
Subic is home to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, serving as a major port for Central and North Luzon.
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