THE ongoing P150-million road raising project at a 640-meter stretch at the SCTEX Dinalupihan is now halfway through and expected to be completed within the third quarter of the year.

“We are always on the lookout for solutions that can help improve the reliability and safety of our roads and other structures. By elevating this portion of SCTEX, motorists can expect to traverse a safer and more accessible route, especially during inclement weather conditions,” NLEX Corporation President J. Luigi L. Bautista said.

The project, which aims to mitigate the risk of flooding, includes the construction of new pavement on top of the existing one and the addition of new culverts or drainage structures. Parts of the road are being raised as high as two meters and are filled with layers of earth materials to mitigate flooding in the area, thus, ensuring the safe passage of motorists.

Once completed, the project will enable the infrastructure to be more resilient and further sustain severe weather events.

With the implementation of lane closures, traffic management and safety measures are in place to guide motorists and reduce travel delays. Advisories on the closures are regularly posted on NLEX Corporation’s social media channels to update motorists on traffic conditions and construction activities.

Previously, NLEX raised the elevation of the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction as part of the capacity expansion of the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX). It also undertook drainage improvement projects last 2015 and 2021 in Valenzuela City to ease flooding. These projects involved the construction of a pumping facility and a sump on the southbound, and the replacement of concrete-made drainage covers with more durable steel gratings on the northbound side.

The tollway company is currently doing various infrastructure improvement works in all its expressways such as upkeep of interchange bridges and overpasses, upgrading of pavement, and major safety upgrade of Candaba Viaduct southbound and Pasig-Potrero bridge. Toll system enhancement projects are also underway in select NLEX-SCTEX toll plazas.

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