Travel to Pampanga now easier as NLEX widens roads
NLEX Corp. has expanded its San Fernando Interchange in Mabalacat City in Pampanga to ease mounting traffic issues within the vicinity of SM San Fernando and Robinsons Malls.
Two new bridges crossing the North Luzon Expressway were built to function as separate carriageways and the interchange ramps were widened to four lanes in each direction.
The east and west roundabouts along Jose Abad Santos Avenue were also removed to pave way for the installation of automated traffic signals.
NLEX is also expanding the Sta. Ines interchange in Mabalacat City to accommodate increasing traffic growth.
Along the San Simon interchange, the main bridge is undergoing retrofitting as part of NLEX’s bid to ensure safety of motorists. Built in 1970s, the bridge needs repair to improve strength and durability.
Another project that is set to boost Pampanga’s development is NLEX phase 3, a 37-kilometer, 4-lane divided expressway from Sto. Tomas, Pampanga to Dinalupihan, Bataan.
Traffic impact studies are also in the works to decongest San Simon and Angeles interchanges.
Earlier this year, the NLEX fully opened to the public the 64 lane kilometers of new expressway lanes between the Sta. Rita to San Fernando and Dau to Sta. Ines portions of the NLEX which have since improved travel time and safer travel in Bulacan.