Going to and from Subic Bay will soon be a breeze as work on the Php 1.6 billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) Capacity Expansion Project has officially begun. The road project is aimed at not just broadening the road's capacity, but also to make it safer for all road users to use in the future.
Two new lanes, a tunnel, as well as two bridges are being built in Jadjad and Argonaut at the 8-kilometer expressway in order to accommodate the growing number of traffic and promote road safety. In addition, LED lights are also being put into place in order to illuminate the road at night.
“This project will be instrumental in sustaining Subic’s position as a prime business and leisure hub as well as helping complement our infrastructure development program, which includes widening of Freeport roads and improvement of our airport, seaport, and other logistics facilities,” said Wilma T. Eisma, SBMA Chairman and Administrator.
Besides expanding SFEX itself, the project will also see the raising and building of flood control works at the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction in order to avoid future flooding. This part of the project will be done in two phases with the first set to be completed by October 2019, just in time for Subic's hosting of 16 sports in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in November.
A section of the road bound for Maritan-Rizal-Tipo junction has been closed since July 13 in order to begin work. With it, motorists have been diverted to alternate routes along Causeway Road and the Argonaut-Kalayaan Access Road.
“Our company believes that good infrastructure is necessary to expedite delivery of products and boost tourism. These SFEX improvements, which are expected to be completed by September 2020, all aimed at supporting trade and commerce in Subic and enhancing the travel experience of our motorists,” said Luigi Bautista, president and General Manager at NLEX Corporation.
Bautista also said that there will be occassional lane closures for the entire duration of the project. However, SFEX will remain passable to all types of vehicles since most construction activities are being done by the side of the road.
“We’d like to assure everyone that together with SBMA and our contractor, we are doing everything possible to finish as scheduled, lessen the disturbances caused by the construction, and more importantly ensure utmost public safety and comfort,” Bautista added.