The P1.6-billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEx) project is seen to be completed by the end of the year despite the community restrictions imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus disease.
NLEX Corp. said the capacity expansion of the 8.2-kilometer SFEx is significantly progressing, with its completion standing at 50 percent.
Construction activities for the project are in various stages of development and are seen to be completed by yearend.
Full blast works on the SFEx capacity expansion started last September 2019 and were targeted for completion this September. However, construction works were halted following the declaration of enhanced community quarantine in the area and resumed in mid-May after this was lifted.
The SFEx capacity expansion entails the construction of two additional expressway lanes, two new spans at the Jadjad and Argonaut bridges, and a new tunnel adjacent to the existing one to transform the road into a four-lane expressway, thus improving traffic flow and road safety.
“By increasing the road capacity of SFEX, which traverses the provinces of Bataan and Zambales, transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport will be faster and easier. This would also mean that the expressway can accommodate more motorists at a given time,” said Luigi Bautista, NLEX president and general manager.