CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- The NLEX Corporation is implementing major road projects and improvements in some areas of this province to help alleviate traffic congestion.

Kit Ventura, head of the NLEX Communications Office, said on Thursday that the improvements being undertaken in the Bulacan part of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) are significantly progressing.

“These projects, which are being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX, will provide efficient routes for transportation and help develop communities and businesses in Bulacan. The DPWH acquires the right-of-way and assumes other construction costs for these projects,” Ventura said.

The 600-meter NLEX Balagtas northbound entry is almost complete and will be opened to motorists within this month.

This new artery will provide direct access to motorists coming from Balagtas Interchange going to NLEX northbound.

“At present, motorists headed for the north from Balagtas or Plaridel Bypass have to pass through local roads and enter NLEX northbound via Sta. Rita in Guiguinto, Bulacan,” Ventura said.

Aside from this project, he said the construction of a new Tambubong Interchange is progressing well towards enhancing the Bulacan road network and helping lessen the often-heavy traffic situation at the Bocaue Interchange.

Ventura added that toll plazas at the southbound entry and northbound entry lanes will be constructed in Barangay Tambubong to serve as alternate routes for motorists bound for Pandi, Bulacan and nearby towns.

Also, the first phase of DPWH’s Ciudad de Victoria Interchange near Philippine Arena in Bocaue, has reached its halfway completion milestone, he said.

The project involves the construction of two additional lanes along the existing Bocaue Municipal Road, a new 80-linear meter 2x2-lane bridge crossing the NLEX, and the rehabilitation of the inner road of Philippine Arena for a total length of 1.93 kilometers.

This road segment will begin near the Bocaue Municipal Hall and will extend to Sta. Maria, Bulacan, bypassing the heavily-congested Governor F. Halili Avenue in Bocaue.

The DPWH is likewise constructing an additional bridge at Bocaue Interchange to increase its capacity to two lanes per direction.

DPWH Region 3 Director Roseller Tolentino said the DPWH continuously supports road network expansion along NLEX to facilitate ease of travel, encourage economic growth, and improve public services.

For his part, Representative Gavini Pancho of Bulacan’s second congressional district, who is instrumental in pushing for these road network improvements, noted that “these road projects will significantly contribute to the decongestion of our roads and will highly benefit the public, not only the Bulakeñyos, but also those traveling to Central Luzon.” (PNA)