ICYMI: NLEX renaming, Metro Cebu Expressway plans, end of Pasig’s odd-even coding

Catch up on all the motoring news from the past few days
by TopGear.com.ph | May 18, 2019
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P20-B NLEX Bataan extension plans revisited

“If you often find yourself driving up to Bataan, we have some good news for you. According to a report by The Philippine Star, the NLEX Corporation is reviving plans to extend the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to the area.

“The project, the report says, will require at least P20 billion in investments, and will span 40km from Santo Tomas, Pampanga, to Dinalupihan, Bataan.

“The company planned to submit its plans to the Toll Regulatory Board in 2018, but did not push through. Now, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) president Rodrigo Franco says the NLEX Corporation is aiming to submit plans by the second semester.”

Two firms submit proposals for 73.7km Metro Cebu Expressway

“A six-lane, 73.7km Metro Cebu Expressway might soon be in the works, and according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), two firms have already submitted proposals to undertake the road project via public-private partnership (PPP).

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“DPWH-7 planning and design chief Nonato Paylado says that the two aforementioned companies are Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation, which is currently constructing the Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway, and China Construction First Group.

“‘They intend to construct the whole stretch, including the remainder of Segment 3, and that will depend on the evaluation of the department,’ Palyado said during a meeting with the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB).”

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“The Congress has approved House Bill 8958, which seeks to rename the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to Marcelo H. del Pilar Expressway, or MHDPEX. The bill was authored by Representative Joe Antonio Sy-Alvarado of the 1st District of Bulacan.

“‘If favorably passed into law, it will constantly remind us of the noble deeds of Marcelo H. del Pilar and inspire our people to emulate his example of selfless service to the nation, while his exceptional courage and leadership gave hope and helped unite the Filipino people at a critical time in our country’s history,’ says Sy-Alvarado.”

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Pasig’s odd-even coding scheme could soon be abolished

“Thanks to the recent midterm elections, change has come in Pasig City in the form of new leadership. Vico Sotto defeated incumbent mayor Bobby Eusebio in a landslide victory. Naturally, the new mayor has his own vision for the city’s future. Part of that vision includes changing its unique traffic-management scheme.

“A tweet from March shows the then-campaigning Sotto answering a question about Pasig’s notorious odd-even coding scheme on certain roads. Sotto explained that he was the only councilor who opposed the scheme, calling it ‘unfair and ineffective.’ Sotto then went on to promise that he would remove the scheme on his first day in office.”

SCTEX toll plaza extension to kick off in July 2019

“The NLEX Corporation, which manages the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), has announced that it will be adding 20 new lanes strategically placed at toll plazas along the expressway. The toll plaza expansion project is scheduled to begin in July 2019 and is expected to be completed by November. This covers toll plazas in Clark North, Clark South, San Miguel, Bamban, and Tarlac.

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“The company says Clark North entry/exit and Clark South B exit will each get one new toll lane. Clark South A exit and Tarlac entry/exit, meanwhile, will each get two new toll lanes. In addition, San Miguel (Luisita) will be converted into a full interchange.”

HPG vs vehicles with blinking taillights in Negros Occidental

“It should go without saying that equipping a car with blinking taillights isn’t in the best interest of road safety. Not only can this modification be distracting, it also does a piss-poor job of warning other cars of your intention to brake, too. Please, if you’re thinking about installing blinking taillights, just don’t.

“Thankfully—in some places, at least—our authorities are cracking down on this dangerous practice. Images and video courtesy of the HPG Negros Occidental Facebook page show enforcers apprehending vehicles with blinking lights. Judging by the number of posts here, it seems these guys have been at it for quite some time, too.”

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