As Filipinos prepare for the upcoming long weekend highlighted by All Saint’s Day on November 1, Tuesday, measure are being done by the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) to ensure that traffic flows smoothly.

Yesterday, the MNTC officially inaugurated the Php 287 million expansion of the Bocaue toll barriers on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) that added an extra eight lanes for a total of 34 lanes to address the volume of motorists heading north for Undas 2016.

"This project is part of MNTC's continuing commitment to provide motorists with fast, safe and convenient travel and more importantly, value for money in terms of greatly enhanced facilities and services. The expanded toll plaza assures that motorists will continue to experience speedy toll transactions at the NLEX especially during peak hours," said Rodrigo Franco, president and CEO of the MNTC.

The additional eight lanes is composed of four manual lanes, two Easytrip lanes and two mixed lanes.

To cope with the added vehicular volume, from October 28 to 30, Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, Tarlac and Tipo toll plazas will have additional toll collection points.

Portabooths and a portable toll collection system will be used during Undas 2016 while all road repairs will be suspended starting October 27 and will resume on November 3.

In line with Undas 2016, the MNTC will also be reviving its motorist assistance program ‘Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko’ program on NLEX, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX).

According to the MNTC, motorists should expect traffic going north to build up in the afternoon of October 28 until late morning of November 1.

Traffic heading back to Manila should experience increased volume beginning in the afternoon of October 31 until the morning of November 2.

The MNTC will be deploying patrol teams to assist motorists in emergency situations.