Planning a trip to Subic soon? Those looking to drive on the new Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) can do so even after Friday this week.

Originally, the new expressway was scheduled to be open until January 15, 2021, only. However, thanks to the recent developments, NLEX Corporation, along with the DPWH, decided to have SFEX open beyond January 15. That means the expressway will remain open to motorists from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily until its full completion next month.

“We are keeping the new SFEX road partially open to the motoring public up to its target completion in February. With this, we can continue providing faster and safer access to and from Subic especially for businesses and logistics companies operating in the area as well for tourists,” said DPWH Secretary, Mark Villar.

According to Villar, the project itself is now 92% complete. However, there are segments of the expressway that are still being worked on. Moreover, expressway-standard LED lights continue to be put up to ensure safe night-time driving for all.

Once the SFEX Capacity Expansion Project is finished, the expressway will have a total of four lanes to accommodate more motorists. It will also feature two new bridges, as well as a new tunnel that is located beside the existing one. Also included in the project is the raising of the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road Junction, and an improved drainage system for better flood management in the area.

“The move to continuously open the new lanes is very timely as it will ease the movement of people and goods in the Freeport and further develop Subic’s business and tourism prospects,” said Wilma T. Eisma, Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

With SFEX already having served 95,000 motorists from December 28, 2020, to January 11, 2021, expect more vehicles to pass through the expressway once it's fully completed and open 24/7.