DPWH: New Balagtas-NLEX Northbound Entry to hasten travel to Pampanga by 50%

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by Drei Laurel | Aug 20, 2019
PHOTO: Mark Villar

Travel up north to Pampanga often? Then you’ll be glad to know the drive heading there might’ve just gotten a bit smoother.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the NLEX Corporation have finally opened the newly constructed Plaridel Bypass Balagtas northbound entry of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). This, according to the DPWH, will make traffic in the area and its surrounding municipalities less congested.

“The completion of the Plaridel Bypass Balagtas NLEX northbound entry will spare motorists coming from Plaridel, Bustos, Balagtas, and neighboring municipalities from the traffic congestion in Santa Rita section,” DPWH head Mark Villar said in a statement.

“The rerouting of vehicles shall prevent the traffic buildup by 30% and hasten the travel time by 50% going to Pampanga.”

According to Villar, the new entry spans 600 meters. DPWH Region III director Roseller Tolentino said the stretch of road cost a total of P36,653,476 to construct, and that the agency is planning to begin another project to complement the Plaridel Bypass Balagtas northbound entry. This, Tolentino added, will include a 790-meter road and bridge, and will cost more than P110 million to build.

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You can check out the DPWH’s full announcement in the post below. Do you think this development will speed up your future trips to Pampanga?

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