With less than a week to go before Undas begins, NLEX Corporation recently announced that it will implement additional traffic management measures from October 28 to November 2 in anticipation of the increase in traffic volume for the upcoming All Saints' Day long weekend.
The intensified operations are part of the company's “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” motorist assistance program of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) which is aimed at enhancing expressway services for safer and more convenient travel.
“For 13 years that we have been doing the SMSK, our priority remains the same: to make sure that our motorists will have a safe, efficient, and enjoyable travel experience. “We will heighten our operations as we are projecting an increase of around 10 percent in our average daily traffic of 278,000 at NLEX and 71,000 at the SCTEX,” said J. Luigi L. Bautista, president and GM of NLEX Corp.
Traffic and toll operations will have full deployment in order to manage traffic and assist motorists during the expected influx of vehicular traffic during the long holiday weekend. In addition, over 1,000 patrol crews traffic marshals, security teams, incident response teams, and toll lane personnel will be deployed to ensure safety and provide immediate assistance to motorists. Emergency medical services will also be augmented to handle the possible increase in accidents.
From October 28 to November 2, high volume plazas such as Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Valenzuela (Paso de Blas), Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Sta. Rita, Pulilan, San Simon, San Fernando, Clark South, Tarlac, Tipo, and SFEX will be closely monitored. Motorists are encouraged to travel during off-peak hours to avoid delays and inconvenience.
Construction and lane closures along NLEX and SCTEX will be suspended during the long holiday weekend. However, rehabilitation works on the Candaba Viaduct will continue as only two lanes on the southbound portion are open to motorists. The leftmost lane is for large trucks or Class 3 vehicles while the rightmost lane is for light vehicles or Class 1. Due to limited capacity at the said bridge, Class 3 will be restricted in both directions from November 1, 12:00 AM to November 2, 12:00 PM.
As with the previous “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” program, free towing service to the nearest exit will be available for Class 1 vehicles from October 28, 6:00 AM to November 2, 6:00 AM.
With a long holiday upon us, expect more and more motorists to head towards the expressways as the weekend draws nearer.