MANILA -- New expressway lanes, bridges and a tunnel will be constructed at the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) to accommodate the growing number of vehicles going to and from Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

This, as tollway operator NLEX Corporation signed an agreement for the PHP 1.6 billion SFEX Capacity Expansion Project with Sta. Clara International Corporation.

“The SFEX Capacity Expansion is seen to improve traffic in the area and promote road safety as the new lanes will segregate northbound and southbound motorists along separate carriageways,” NLEX Corporation said in a press statement on Monday.

The project involves the construction of two additional expressway lanes, the Jadjad and Argonaut bridges and a tunnel.

Expressway-standard LED lights will also be installed to ensure that SFEX is safe for motorists driving at night.

The capacity expansion project is in line with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s (SBMA) infrastructure development program which includes the improvement of airport and seaport, the widening of roads and the SBMA Corporate Center.

The NLEX Corporation estimates that the project will be completed within 16 months.

The Subic Freeport Expressway is part of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway which is being managed by NLEX. (PR)