Motorists heading to and from Subic can now temporarily use the expanded section of the 8.2-kilometer Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX).
Open to the public from December 28, 2020, to January 15, 2021, the upgraded segment of SFEX will help serve motorists coming in and out of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Present during the drive-thru ceremony of the soon-to-be-completed expressway were DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma B. Eisma, and NLEX Corporation president and general manager, J. Luigi L. Bautista.
The new SFEX road, which was constructed beside the existing SFEX carriageway, is already nearing completion. Secretary Villar adds that it will soon be opened for motorists to enjoy.
“The project is 92 percent complete. While there are still works to be done in some areas, we are temporarily opening the new road to ease the travel of our motorists this holiday season, especially the truckers and merchants who are delivering essential goods,” said Villar.
The SFEX Capacity Expansion Project will see the expressway have a total of four lanes to accommodate more vehicles. Moreover, the upgraded expressway will have two new bridges, a new tunnel that will sit beside the existing one, expressway-grade LED lights, and an enhanced drainage system for better flood management in the area.
“With the improved and expanded SFEX, the transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport will be faster and easier. Night driving will also be equally safe and enjoyable for our motorists,” added Villar.
The new SFEX Road is open to motorists daily from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It will be closed to the public from 6:01 PM until 5:59 AM the next day to resume construction of the unfinished areas. After January 15, 2021, the SFEX Road will be closed again to all types of vehicles.
Those who own cars with loud exhausts may want to take advantage of the new SFEX Road. Those tunnels present a neat opportunity to hear their machines rumble through the new tunnel.