A faster and more convenient way of traveling from Balagtas, Bulacan to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) has just been opened. Called the Balagtas Northbound Entry, it’s a 600-linear meter road that directly connects with NLEX.
A joint project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX Corporation, the new roadway will provide direct access to motorists coming from Balagtas Interchange heading north via NLEX. With it, both trucks and private vehicles can now bypass local roads, as well as avoid having to go all the way to Sta. Rita Interchange in Guiguinto, Bulacan. In addition, the new roadway will also serve as a connector to the 24-kilometer arterial road that is the Plaridel Bypass Road.
Present during the inaugural drive-thru of the new roadway was led by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, Bulacan Vice Governor Wilhemino Sy-Alverado, Balagtas Mayor Eladio Gonzales Jr., Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., Toll Regulatory Board Executive Director Abraham Sales, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation president and CEO Rodrigo Franco, and NLEX Corporation president and General Manager Luigi Bautista.
“The Balagtas Northbound Entry, which started construction early this year, is part of the government’s road network improvement plan aimed at easing traffic congestion and bringing more investments in Central Luzon,” said Villar. Meanwhile, Franco stated that this new entry point signifies Metro Pacific’s commitment in enhancing development in the area, as well as make travel easier and faster for everyone.
The Balagtas Northbound Entry project was split into two phases, with the former done by DPWH with the help of GDL Construction. Work began on the 213-meter section last Oct 17, 2018 and ended at May 14, 2019 with a total budget of Php 35.9 million. Meanwhile, phase two was constructed by NLEX with the help of Northern Builders. Work on the remaining 334-linear meter section started last March 18, 2019 and was completed in July 2019 with a budget of Php 26.8 million.
Aside from this new entry point, the DPWH also announced that the upcoming Tambubong Interchange in Bocaue, Bulacan is nearing completion. When completed, it is set to enhance the Bulacan road network and help alleviate heavy traffic at the Bocaue Interchange. There will be both northbound and southbound entry and exit toll plazas constructed at Brgy. Tambubong which will serve as an alternate route for motorists bound for Sta. Maria Pandi, Bulacan and nearby municipalities.