The NLEX Corporation has undertaken several expansion works in its expressway by constructing additional toll lanes in four toll plazas in Pampanga.
Among the toll plazas undergoing expansion are in San Fernando, Mexico, and Angeles, all aimed at matching the rapid pace of the province’s progress. This is according to Lawyer Romulo S. Quimbo, senior vice president for communication stakeholder management.
“Apart from increasing the service capacity, the NLEX enhancement projects will considerably bring relief to motorists by reducing transaction time at the toll lane,” said Quimbo.
In Pampanga’s capital city, two more toll lanes at the San Fernando southbound (SB) exit and one additional toll lane at the SB entry are in the works to accommodate the increasing traffic volume in Pampanga. Total lanes of the SB entry and exit will now be six and five, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Angeles toll plaza will be augmented with two entry lanes and one exit lane, bringing the total toll lanes to 10. This move is expected to alleviate mounting traffic issues in Angeles City, which is also one of the busiest areas in NLEX.
The NLEX Corporation will likewise add another toll lane to the Mexico toll plaza exiting northbound to serve the growing number of motorists traveling in the area.
Additional lanes will be constructed at the connecting ramps of NLEX and SCTEX. All these enhancements are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The City of San Fernando has been one of the centers of trade and commerce in the Central Luzon region, playing host to shopping districts and several business establishments. Its proximity and access to other provinces such as Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales makes it a vital industrial corridor.
Economic activities are also steadily rising in Mexico due to several housing developments in this first-class municipality.
Earlier this year, the tollway firm finished the expansion of the northbound exit ramp of San Fernando Interchange which has since prevented traffic bottlenecks especially during rush hours.