Heads up! Motorists who regularly ply the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) are going to want to listen up: NLEX management is telling everyone to expect slower Manila-bound travel until December this year while the Candaba Viaduct construction is ongoing.
The Manila-bound side of the 5km-long bridge will be undergoing rehabilitation to improve road safety and the structure’s serviceability. Concrete slabs along the viaduct will be replaced in order to restore the driving experience along it, the NLEX Corporation explained in a statement, adding that “the unabated passage of overloaded trucks have permanently damaged several Candaba Viaduct link slabs."
While this is happening, motorists in cars, buses, small trucks, and vans will be asked to slow down and drive onto a 31-meter fabricated steel bridge to cross over the construction site. Cargo trucks, meanwhile, must counterflow on the northbound side of the expressway, while 12-wheelers will be rerouted to MacArthur Highway before re-entering NLEX via Pulilan, Santa Rita, or Tabang. Patrol crews and traffic enforcers will be deployed to maintain order.
“The Candaba Viaduct has served the Metro Manila, and Central and North Luzon road corridor for many years. We enjoin public support and understanding for the travel delays that may be caused by the upgrading,” NLEX Corporation president and general manager Luigi Bautista said in a statement.
“However, when completed, we are optimistic that these improvements will further boost safety and provide better driving experience to our customers,” he added.
Again, the project will be done by the end of the year and motorists should expect a build-up of traffic along the construction area.
Hopefully, when rehabilitation work along the Candaba Viaduct is completed, someone can do something about all the overloaded trucks plying NLEX. These vehicles don’t just take a toll on the roads they pass, they’re potential hazards to other motorists as well.