NLEX Corp. working to connect SCTEX to new Region 3 roads

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by Drei Laurel | Mar 22, 2021
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Motorists who regularly ply Northern Luzon can expect a more seamless driving experience in the near future—at least if the NLEX Corporation and Department of Public Works and Highways get their way.

In a statement, the NLEX Corporation bared that it is now in close coordination with the DPWH to make connecting the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) to the latter’s road network a reality. There are ongoing road projects in Pampanga, and company engineers are already looking into how to go about incorporating them into the existing expressway system.

“We are actively coordinating with DPWH in laying out the plans for the interconnection of NLEX-SCTEX, with some of these projects included in the Pampanga Circumferential Road,” NLEX Corporation president Luigi Bautista said. “The team is carefully studying the safety and security aspects of the projects, and making sure that both local and NLEX motorists get to benefit from these.”

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Plans include a road network to connect NLEX to MacArthur Highway in Santo Tomas, a new interchange to improve access to the expressway system for places like Santo Tomas, Minalin, Guagua, and Lubao, and a new interconnection in Mexico that’s expected to decongest MacArthur Highway. As of now, the DPWH and NLEX Corporation are consolidating their engineering plans and right-of-way issues for a road that will connect Santa Ines to SCTEX.

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“Constructing a new road entails everyone’s participation. We are pushing for new access roads to ease daily traffic congestion and improve travel convenience,” DPWH head Mark Villar said.

Less traffic is always good news, right? Let’s see how long it will take for these plans to become a reality.

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