Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. unit NLEX Corp. is targeting to complete this June the upgrade and rehabilitation of the Candaba Viaduct, a link between Metro Manila and the provinces in Central and North Luzon.
NLEX, which operates the North Luzon and Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressways, continues the series of upgrades on the 5-kilometer bridge between Pulilan, Bulacan and Apalit, Pampanga.
NLEX is also working on the replacement of 12 link slabs on the southbound segment of the Manila-bound portion of the viaduct, after completing the replacement of 13 link slabs last year to strengthen the bridge.
“These rehabilitation works are necessary to ensure the safe transport of people and unhampered delivery of essential goods and services, supporting the government’s push to accelerate economic development,” said J. Luigi Bautista, NLEX president and general manager.
Some Manila-bound lanes are constricted during the replacement of several concrete link slabs or the concrete components that connect two bridge deck spans.
The project requires southbound motorists to slow down and utilize a temporary 31-meter Bailey bridge to allow cars, vans, small trucks and buses to cross over the link slab repair site. Cargo trucks are rerouted to the counterflow lane at the northbound carriageway.
“The first set of upgrades for the Viaduct prioritizes the works below the southbound bridge deck. We enjoin public understanding with the temporary inconvenience caused by the lane closures, but we are optimistic that once these enhancements are completed, our customers will experience a more comfortable travel,” Bautista said.
The upgrading and rehabilitation of the Candaba Viaduct started in August 2020 and is targeted for completion in June this year.
The tollway company is also upgrading 1,300 roadway lights from Balagtas, Bulacan to San Fernando City, Pampanga this year.