It took some time, but motorists can now drive along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) with no delays.

After months of rehabilitation, NLEX Corporation has announced that work on the 64-meter Bigaa and 45-meter Meycauayan bridges has been completed ahead of schedule. According to J. Luigi L. Bautista, president and general manager of NLEX Corporation, the repaired bridges will provide motorists with safer and smoother travel.

“Despite some restrictions caused by the ongoing pandemic and the challenges brought by inclement weather conditions and doing works in live traffic, we’re happy to announce that works in Meycauayan and Bigaa bridges are now completed ahead of schedule,” said Bautista.

NLEX replaced the girders and slabs of the two bridges to strengthen the structures originally built in the 1960s. However, the rehabilitation works heavily affected traffic flow along the two bridges.

There were times that either bridge had to be closed to traffic – prompting the use of counterflow lanes for motorists to use while work was ongoing. At one point, the company even coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to temporarily open the two-lane service road in Meycauayan as a detour.

With both bridges fully open to traffic, motorists and truckers can expect faster travel times when using the expressway. Hopefully, NLEX will find more ways to improve its RFID system next.