Motorists that frequently take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) may notice some roadworks being done along the Bigaa and Meycauyan bridges. This is because the NLEX Corporation recently announced that both bridges will be undergoing rehabilitation simultaneously.
According to J. Luigi Bautista, president, and general manager of NLEX Corporation, both bridges were built in the '60s and need to undergo repair and rehabilitation.
“We always look after the safety and convenience of our motorists. Both bridges were built in the 1960s and it is high time that we replace the girders and slabs to strengthen the structures,” said Bautista.
With work already in progress, NLEX Corporation said that motorists may experience delays when crossing the two bridges. To keep the traffic flowing amid ongoing repairs, work on both bridges is being undertaken in stages; beginning with the southbound portion, then to be followed by the northbound portion. Also, three lanes will continue to remain open while works are ongoing.
NLEX Corporation appeals to the public for patience and understanding as the bridgework might cause temporary delays and lane closures. The company assured motorists that counterflow measures will be implemented in the area when needed.
“We’d like to assure our motorists that we will do everything possible to complete the works on time while ensuring public safety and minimizing traffic slowdown,” added Bautista.
The rehabilitation of the 45-meter Meycauayan bridge is targeted for completion by September 2021, while the rehabilitation of the 64-meter Bigaa bridge in the Balagtas area is expected to be finished by August 2021.
Last but not least, the tollway company will field patrol officers and marshals to manage the flow of vehicles for the duration of the rehabilitation. They will also manage the placing of traffic signs and other warning devices at strategic locations to better guide motorists.
If you're planning a trip soon up north (or down south heading to Metro Manila), don't be surprised to experience some traffic delays when crossing both the Bigaa and Meycauayan bridges.