NLEX Corp. to complete 3 expressway projects this year


    NLEX Corp. eyes the completion of three major expressway projects this year.

    These projects are the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) Capacity Expansion, Candaba Viaduct Upgrade, and first segment of NLEX Connector.

    “These infrastructure works are intended to further improve traffic flow and connectivity, as well as promote road safety for hundreds of thousands of motorists using these critical arteries in Central and Northern Luzon,” said J. Luigi Bautista, NLEX president and general manager.

    The tollway company is optimistic Section 1 of the NLEX Connector project which is currently at 16 percent completion, will be finished by the last quarter of 2021.

    The project will connect NLEX to Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

    The P1.6- billion SFEX Capacity expansion project is now 92 percent done and is slated for completion this quarter. Once finished, the new and expanded SFEX will complement Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s infrastructure program, accommodate the growing number of traffic while promoting road safety and facilitate passage for truckers and merchants delivering essential goods in and out of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

    NLEX also continues its upgrade of the five-kilometer Candaba Viaduct to maintain its long-term serviceability and ensure the safety and comfort of motorists.

    At the close of 2020, NLEX reported finishing the replacement of 13 link slabs on the southbound portion of the Candaba Viaduct. Around 12 link slabs more on the southbound segment are up for replacement this year to further strengthen the bridge.