If you’ve ever driven to Subic, chances are you’ve encountered slow-moving trucks and the long line of traffic usually trailing them on the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX).
More lanes on the new SFEX
At most expressways, sluggish trucks aren’t really a problem as a simple overtake maneuver will have you merrily chugging along ahead of them. On SFEX, though? There simply isn’t enough space to do get ahead. The soon-to-be-completed SFEX expansion project might make this an issue of the past, though.
Don’t believe us? YouTube infrastructure buff dimitrivalencia took SFEX’s partial opening to record footage of all the expressway’s improvements. Granted, parts of it are still under construction, but you can see newly installed lights and mountains that have been cut up to make way for additional lanes. Each side of SFEX now also features two lanes, and there's even a new tunnel you can shout in as you drive through. Watch:
SFEX was initially only supposed to be partially open until January 15, but the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) decided to allow motorists up until the expressway fully opens in February 2020.
Travel time from TPLEX to inner Subic
All in all, it took dimitrivalencia about just under two hours to drive from the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX) to inner Subic. If you plan on passing this route regularly in the future, the video above is definitely worth watching as it’ll give you an idea of how much you’ll have to spend on toll fees, too. Are you excited to try out the new SFEX as well?