LEx, SCTEx all set for Holy Week exodus

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Friday, April 11, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, Cavite Infrastructure Corporation, Tollways Management Corporation and Toll Regulatory Board are all set for this year’s influx of motorists who will pass by the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

This developed, as the groups recently launched “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK), a traditional exercise for the two expressways to ease traffic flow, making it more convenient for motorists trooping to Central and North Luzon for the Holy Week.

NLEx is beefing up its field forces with the deployment of additional personnel to man major toll plazas in Balintawak, Bocaue, Mindanao Avenue, Dau and Mabalacat.

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At the SCTEx, manual lanes would be set up at the Tarlac and Tipo exits for the same purpose. Additional lanes would be opened to speed up the passage of vehicles through the toll gates during peak hours.

Traffic personnel in the two expressways would also be required to work extra hours to ensure efficient traffic management at any given time.

Similarly, additional patrol cars and traffic enforcers would be dispatched on April 16 to 21, to guarantee immediate response to emergency situations and assist distressed travelers.

Motorist camps will provide free first aid and mechanic services in strategic locations along the three expressways. Hydration and portalets will be provided in the motorist camps, including drums of water in case of overheated vehicles.

Motorists will also enjoy free wi-fi and phone calls in selected toll service facilities along the expressways to enable them to quickly connect to their loved ones.

According to the MNTC, traffic volume would substantially increase from the daily average of 170,000 vehicles at NLEx and 24,000 at the SCTEx.

Traffic build up of outbound vehicles is predicted to develop beginning in the afternoon of the Holy Wednesday up to around noontime the following day.

The same scenario of heavy traffic also develops after Good Friday as the vacationers start coming back to Metro Manila. Practically the same number of vehicles is expected to pass through the NLEx and the SCTEx for their return journey starting the afternoon of Black Saturday until the late evening of Easter Sunday.

Meanwhile, maintenance works that could not be deferred would be limited to the roadsides and shoulders to avoid hampering traffic flow. Normal road work maintenance and repair would resume on April 22.

SMSK is co-presented by Caltex Philippines with its major sponsors Pilipinas Shell, Smart Communications and PLDT. Other sponsors include The Philippine Star, Belo Sun l, Maynilad and Toyota Motors.

For updates on the traffic conditions at the NLEx, motorists can log on to the North Luzon Integrated Guide and Travel Advisory or NLIgtas through the NLEx-SCTEx website www.tollways.net.ph. A mobile application of NLigtas can also be downloaded through Android smart phones or check NLEx-SCTEx twitter account: @nlextraffic and Facebook page. Travel on Great Roads is also available for motorists to check regular traffic updates.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 12, 2014.

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