P105 M Subic expressway upgrade ongoing

NLEX Corporation is currently upgrading the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) to the tune of P105-million.

To make the SFEX and its surrounding slopes safer for motorists, the operator is improving the pavement surface, constructing ditches and slope protection, installing guard rails and applying hazard paint.

“We aim to make our roads safe for all weather conditions," NLEX Corporation President J. Luigi L. Bautista explained.

"With these enhancements, we expect to protect motorists from roadside hazards by strengthening the slopes and improving the drainage system and other safety features at the SFEX,” he elaborated.

The pavement surface upgrade will help drain water away from the roadway especially during heavy rains.

It covers a total length of 4,374 linear meters between Jadjad and Argonaut bridges.

To stabilize the slopes and prevent erosion, they are also installing a wire mesh and applying concrete on a 1,830-square meter portion of the SFEX. C

Concrete barriers and other structure are painted with hazard warning marking to make motorists aware of potential risks.

Only last February 2021, NLEX Corporation completed the SFEX capacity expansion.

A total of 16.4 new lane kilometers, two new bridges, and a new tunnel were constructed as part of the P1.6-billion expansion project.

The tollway company also installed international standard LED lights, raised the elevation of the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction, and enhanced the area’s drainage system to boost motorists’ safety.

They proceeded with the construction despite the pandemic in order to accelerate business activities and facilitate the flow of goods and services between the economic zones in Clark and Subic.

The project is part of NLEX's commitment to improve mobility and boost growing transshipment operations in Subic.

NLEX Corporation is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC).