In the coming weeks, sections of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) will be undergoing rehabilitation. According to the NLEX Corporation, which also handles the maintenance of SCTEX, this is to ensure the safety of motorists who travel along the thoroughfare, especially this coming rainy season.
For starters, the Pinulot, Loakan, and Cui river bridges in Dinalupihan, Bataan will go through restoration and enhancement works. NLEX Corporation says this is to prevent structures from scouring and erosion, especially during the rainy seasons from here and beyond.
Also, a pavement repair and rehabilitation program is currently ongoing, which will total to about 38 kilometers of the expressway. There will be light patching works and asphalt overlays, covering both directions of the SCTEX from Tarlac to Tipo including the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX). Necessary repairs will also be made from Balintawak to Sta. Ines in NLEX, which spans about 40 kilometers. NLEX Corporation aims to finish this project before the second quarter of 2019 ends.
Over the past 12 months, there have been a series of improvements made on NLEX and SCTEX. Four camera-equipped emergency call boxes (ECB) were installed at Dinalupihan (Subic-bound), Porac (Subic-bound), Dolores (Tarlac-bound), and San Miguel (Tarlac-bound). Over in Floridablanca (Subic-bound), Concepcion (Subic-bound), Porac (Tarlac-bound), and Bamban (Tarlac-bound) interchanges, variable electronic message signs were installed in order to provide motorists with real-time and up-to-date information.