The NLEX Corp. has undertaken several expansion works in the North Luzon Expressway by constructing additional toll lanes in four toll plazas in Pampanga.
The San Fernando, Mexico, and Angeles toll plazas are being expanded to match the rapid pace of the province’s progress, said lawyer Romulo S. Quimbo, senior vice president for communication and stakeholder management.
“Apart from increasing the service capacity, the NLEX enhancement projects will considerably bring relief to motorists by reducing transaction time at the toll lane,” said Quimbo.
In Pampanga’s capital city, two more toll lanes at the San Fernando southbound exit and one additional toll lane at the SB entry will accommodate the increasing traffic volume in Pampanga. The total lanes of the SB entry and exit will now be six and five, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Angeles toll plaza will be augmented with two entry lanes and one exit lane, bringing the total toll lanes to 10. This move is expected to alleviate mounting traffic issues in Angeles City, which is also one of the busiest areas in NLEX.
The NLEX Corp. will add another toll lane to the Mexico toll plaza exiting northbound to serve the growing number of motorists traveling in the area.
Additional lanes will be constructed at the connecting ramps of NLEX and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.
All these enhancements are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The City of San Fernando has been one of the centers of trade and commerce in Central Luzon, playing host to shopping districts and several business establishments.
Its proximity and access to other provinces such as Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Zambales make it a vital industrial corridor.
Economic activities are also steadily rising in Mexico due to several housing developments in this first-class municipality.
Earlier this year, the tollway firm finished the expansion of the northbound exit ramp of San Fernando Interchange, which has prevented traffic bottlenecks especially during rush hours.