Manila, Philippines — Beginning right now, December 28, and till January 15 subsequent yr, the brand new and expanded part of the 8.2-km Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) will likely be opened briefly to serve motorists coming out and in of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone throughout the vacation season.
Division of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar together with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma B. Eisma and NLEX Company President and Basic Supervisor J. Luigi L. Bautista, led the drive-thru of the brand new expressway lanes constructed to enhance site visitors move and highway security.
The brand new SFEX highway, constructed beside the present SFEX carriageway, will likely be out there to motorists on December 28, 2020 till January 15, 2021 from 6:00 am to six:00 pm. Throughout this era, it is going to be closed from 6:01 pm to five:59 am the subsequent day for the persevering with development of the remaining works.
“The challenge is 92 p.c full. Whereas there are nonetheless works to be performed in some areas, we’re briefly opening the brand new highway to ease the journey of our motorists this vacation season, particularly the truckers and retailers who’re delivering important items,” mentioned Secretary Villar.
The 1.6-billion SFEX Capability Growth entails the conversion of the Subic Freeport Expressway to a 2×2 divided expressway, with the development of two extra expressway lanes, two new bridges, and a brand new tunnel. It will enhance the highway capability of SFEX from one lane in every course to 2 lanes in every course.
The challenge additionally contains the set up of expressway-standard LED lights, the elevating of elevation of Maritan Freeway-Rizal Freeway-Tipo Street junction, and the enhancement of the drainage system for higher flood administration within the space.
A collection of highway security audits confirmed that the entire challenge alignment, apart from the portion of Jadjad Bridge which remains to be beneath development, has complied with the security necessities thus protected to be used by the motoring public.
Earlier, TRB and NLEX representatives led by TRB Government Director Abraham Gross sales and NLEX Vice President for Tollway Growth and Engineering Nemesio Castillo, along with the Unbiased Certification Engineer, carried out a pre-opening inspection to make sure that the SFEX sections to be opened are protected to be used by motorists.
The SFEX Capability Growth is envisioned to boost accessibility and promote journey effectivity on this key highway that connects Bataan and Zambales. It’s also anticipated to spice up Subic’s competitiveness as a great delivery gateway for companies in Central and North Luzon.
“With the improved and expanded SFEX, the transport of products out and in of the Subic Freeport will likely be quicker and simpler. Evening driving may even be equally protected and fulfilling for our motorists,” mentioned Bautista.
The Subic Freeport Expressway was constructed when the Philippines was chosen to host the APEC Financial Leaders’ Assembly in 1996. It initially aimed to chop down journey time from Hermosa, Bataan to Subic, Zambales from nearly one hour to lower than 10 minutes. With the capability growth challenge, extra motorists will likely be accommodated at any given time and can get pleasure from a safer and extra handy journey.
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