P1.14-billion set for toll roads 'enhancement' projects

A total of P1.14 billion has been set aside by the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) for toll roads “enhancement” projects, published articles in leading newspapers showed.


MNTC, a builder-concessionaire of toll ways in the Philippines, said that toll plazas at the NLEx Bocaue toll barrier would be expanded. Currently, the MNTC was building eight more lanes, from the current 25 toll lanes to 33.


“We are doing these projects to minimize queuing at the toll plazas especially during peak hours, aside from assuring our motorists to continue experiencing speedy toll transactions at the NLEx-SCTEx,” said MNTC president Rodrigo Franco in a statement.


The new toll plaza is set to accommodate more than 50,000 southbound motorists daily, MNTC said.


The Balintawak Toll Barrier will also be expanded from 16 lanes to 23 lanes. Moreover, three new lanes in a fishbone scheme will be built at the NLEx Mindanao Avenue.  The Mabiga Interchange will have two new toll plazas with two toll lanes each and two lanes will also be added to the Subic-Tipo toll barrier.


The San Fernando Interchange is also up for enhancement as part of the second phase of the NLEx road widening project.


The existing 2 by 2 lanes will be expanded to 2 by 4 lanes including the interchange bridge, while the east and west rotundas will be converted into signalized intersections to address traffic congestion in the area.


The existing interchange ramp in NLEx Spur that connects NLEx and SCTEx will also be improved. 

Source:http://business.inquirer.net/ By: Miguel R. Camus