The NLEX Corporation has restarted construction of its major projects upon getting the green light from the government, with the company announcing on May 20 that workers have been deployed to resume work on the NLEX Harbor Link’ C3-R10 section, the NLEX Connector project, the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) capacity extension, and the Candaba Viaduct heavy maintenance program.
“We have complied with the safety protocols laid out by the government for the implementation of infrastructure projects amid modified enhanced community quarantine,” said NLEX Corporation president and general manager J. Luigi L. Bautista.
The workers, who have undergone rapid antibody testing, are provided with personal protective equipment and washing facilities. Physical distancing and safety and hygeine protocols are strictly observed in the work area, which, along the construction equipment, is regularly disinfected.
The 2.6km C3-R10 section of the NLEX Harbor link is now 95% complete. Once fully operational, it will cut travel time from NLEX to CAMANAVA from one hour to just 10 minutes. The NLEX Connector, meanwhile, is an 8km elevated expressway that traverses the new Caloocan Interchange and passes through España to link through to the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 in Santa Mesa.
Farther north, the SFEX capacity extension includes the construction of two additional lanes, two new bridges, and a new tunnel. This section, which will reduce travel time to and from the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, is 38% complete. Finally, heavy maintenance along the 5km Candaba Viaduct has also resumed, with emergency repairs already underway and replacement of link slabs to be scheduled.
“Despite the challenging times, our team remains committed to accomplish our big-ticket projects and continue the 24/7 service to our customers and other stakeholders,” said Bautista, adding that “with the acceleration of these projects, we can help the government in its aim to revitalize the economy despite the ongoing health crisis.”