SFEX eyes Q1 completion

    Up to speed. Construction of SFEX was briefly halted following the lockdowns.

    NLEX Corp. is targeting to complete the P1.6-billion Subic Freeport expressway (SFEX) capacity expansion by the first quarter of 2021.

    The 8.2-kilometer SFEx project is now 85 percent complete. SFEX will improve traffic safety and will ease travel to and from the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

    New bridges and a tunnel are being constructed adjacent to the existing ones to increase road capacity from one lane in each direction to two lanes in each direction.

    Full blast works on the SFEX capacity expansion started last September 2019, with a target to complete the project last September. However, construction works were halted following the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the area and were resumed in mid-May after the lifting of the ECQ.

    Despite the disruptions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, SFEX is expected to sustain Subic’s position as a prime business and leisure hub. It is also being eyed to complement Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s infrastructure development program, which includes widening of freeport roads and improvement of its airport, seaport and other logistics facilities.

    Mark Villar, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary, led the progress inspection of the project, together with Roseller Tolentino, DPWH Region 3 director; Raul Ignacio, NLEX chief operating officer; and Nemesio Castillo, NLEX vice president for Tollway Development and Engineering.

    NLEX, a unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., operates the North Luzon and Subic-Clark Tarlac expressways.