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NLEX eyes SLEX connectivity

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NLEX Corporation is working closely with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in implementing its road projects in Pampanga that would connect to the NLEX-SCTEX network.


The tollway company says its pool of engineers are evaluating how to incorporate the three DPWH projects in Sto. Tomas, Mexico, and Sta. Ines, Pampanga safely and efficiently in the existing expressway system.


DPWH Region 3 headed by Director Roseller Tolentino and the local government of Pampanga are eyeing to complete the projects that are included in the Pampanga Circumferential Road master plan.


“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,” said NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, noting that “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.”


DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar affirmed that consultations are progressing with public and private sectors on various road projects. “Constructing a new road entails everyone’s participation. We are pushing for new access roads to ease daily traffic congestion and improve travel convenience.”


One of the projects in the pipeline is a road network that will connect NLEX to MacArthur Highway in Sto. Tomas town. A new interchange is set to be constructed, which will provide quicker access between the expressway and towns in the southern part of Pampanga such as Sto. Tomas, Minalin, Guagua and Lubao. The new road is seen to improve mobility in these areas where high industrialization is taking place.


To further support the mounting developments in Mexico, a new interconnection that would decongest the portions along MacArthur Highway and the Mexico Toll Plaza is also being discussed. This road will extend the existing Aquino Byway in Brgy. Calulut in the City of San Fernando, offering an alternative route for trucks going to the expressway.


DPWH and NLEX are also in the process of merging their engineering plans and addressing right-of-way concerns for the proposed road extending the Sta. Ines Interchange in Brgy. Atlu-Bola, Mabalacat City towards the SCTEX covering Brgy. Dolores, Mabalacat City. The project is expected to further spur growth and open opportunities in the said areas.


NLEX Corporation is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the tollways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

Photo: DPWH


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