Subic regulars, listen up: The Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) will now remain open from 6am to 6pm every day until the project’s completion next month.
Prior to this, SFEX was scheduled to once again be closed to traffic on January 15, after being operational over the holidays. In a statement, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) head Mark Villar said this adjustment will allow construction to resume with minimal effect on local businesses.
“We are keeping the new SFEX road partially open to the motoring public up to its target completion in February,” Villar said.
“With this, we can continue providing faster and safer access to and from Subic especially for businesses and logistics companies operating in the area as well for tourists,” the official added.
NLEX Corporation president and general manager Luigi Bautista, meanwhile, assured the public that travel on SFEX will be safe despite the ongoing construction.
“Necessary safety requirements have been met in keeping the SFEX open while construction works are ongoing,” Bautista explained. “This will further help improve mobility as businesses in the Subic Bay Freeport are coming back on track from adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
So far, more than 95,000 motorists have been served by SFEX since it partially opened in December 2020. Expect that figure to rise once construction begins winding down toward the expressway’s opening.