WITH safety and long-term benefits in mind, local government executives in Bulacan are throwing their support behind the simultaneous rehabilitation of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) bridges in Meycauayan and Bigaa in Balagtas as the project will enable safer and more comfortable journey for motorists.
“These two bridges have been vital in facilitating safe and unimpeded travel of motorists and transport of goods in and out of the expressway. We are optimistic that once the rehabilitation is completed, we can expect a better travel experience,” Bocaue Mayor Jose Santiago Jr. said.
In April, the NLEX Corporation started the rehabilitation of the said bridges, which includes replacement of girders and slabs to strengthen the structures and improve their lifespan.
Now 40-percent complete, the rehabilitation of the 45-meter Meycauayan Bridge and 64-meter Bigaa Bridge will be finished in September and August 2021, respectively.
City of Meycauayan Mayor Linabelle Villarica said, “We can all expect a better travel experience after the project’s completion in September 2021. We seek the patience and understanding of the public as the lane closures are necessary to ensure everyone's safety while the rehabilitation of the Meycauayan Bridge is being completed.”
At present, three lanes have remained passable to motorists while works are ongoing. Counterflow is also being implemented as needed. Traffic marshals and patrol crews are deployed on-site to manage the traffic flow and assist motorists.
“We extend support to their important infrastructure developments that will improve the serviceability of our expressway, strengthen connectivity, boost investment and open up job opportunities in the Province of Bulacan,” Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando said.
For his part, NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista assured that efforts are being made to ensure safety and reduce traffic congestion. He also expressed delight with the support of the local stakeholders in areas covered by the project.
“We are very pleased and grateful that the bridge rehabilitation project has been well-received by our host LGUs. Be assured that NLEX Corporation will continue to upgrade its roads to uphold quality standards and most importantly, provide safety and convenience for the public,” Bautista said.
NLEX Corporation is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, the toll road arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.