Last year, the NLEX Corporation officially began work on the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) Capacity Expansion Project. With an allocated budget of PhP 1.6 billion, the project was aimed at not just only expanding the SFEX's capacity, but to also make it safer for motorists to use
The project was originally set to be completed this September. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposing of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), construction was halted. It wasn't until mid-May, after ECQ was lifted, did construction officially resume. Despite the delay, the NLEX Corporation recently announced that the expansion project is now 50% complete and they are looking at completing it by the end of the year.
“By increasing the road capacity of SFEX, which traverses the provinces of Bataan and Zambales, transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport will be faster and easier. This would also mean that the expressway can accommodate more motorists at a given time,” said J. Luigi Bautista, president and General Manager of NLEX Corporation.
The project will see the building of two additional lanes along the 8.2-kilometer expressway. That way, the SFEX will be able to accommodate more cars once it's fully completed. New LED lights are also being put up to make night driving safer for all. Lastly, there are two new spans at Jadjad and Argonaut Bridges, along with a new tunnel adjacent to the existing one which will improve traffic flow.
And as an added measure, the Maritan Highway – Rizal Highway – Tipo Road Junction are being raised to address flooding during the rainy season. Even the drainage system has been upgraded to improve flood management in the area.
With the capacity expansion project already at the halfway mark, it will only be a matter of time before the entire 8.2-kilometer SFEX is opened to the public once more. With the additional capacity, trucks and private vehicles will be able to travel faster and safer along SFEX.