SLEX, SCTEX expect 15 percent growth in traffic volume

October 29, 2010 12:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 28 — The Tollways Management Corp., the operator of the two expressways in the north expects its daily vehicle traffic volume to increase by double digits on All Saints Day.

In a briefing, Benigno Valles, senior manager for corporate communications told reporters that vehicle traffic volume a the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) are projected to increase by 10 percent to 15 percent on Novermber 1.

"Since this year's All Sains Day falls on a Monday and it is going to be a long weekend, more Filipinos are expected to spend the occasion in the provinces," Valles said.

Valles added that TMC also anticipates travelers going to the north to start building up as early as Friday afternoon, October 29. On the other hand, the return trip to Manila is expected to peak on November 2 and 3.

Ella Francisco, assistant manager toll collection said the traffic volume is estimated to reach between 165,000 to 180,000 vehicles starting Friday compared to the average daily traffic of 156,000 at NLEX.

For SCTEX, the average daily traffic is 23,000.

In preparation for the All Saints Day, Nicolas Manalo, TMC's vice president for traffic operation said it will deploy stationay patrol vehicles in accident prone areas while motorcycle riders, lane management and other patrol vehicles will patrol and assist in case of traffic build up.

Manalo said based on its experience, the average accident at NLEX is six to seven a day.

"Our target this year is zero accident," Manalo said.

He added that additional traffic teams will also help in managing the following areas: Cloverleaf-Camacile, Sta. Rita to San Simon, the San Fernando interchange, and Dau in Pampanga.

Manalo also said roadwork in the expressway will be suspended from October 28 to November 2 except maintenance works along roadsides where safety repairs are required.

Likewise, Roadway Engineering and Maintenance will prepare median barrier openings in case there is a need for counter flow and set up additional lanes.

At SCTEX, TMC said scheduled repairs and routine maintenance were either completed or stopped to give way to the expected number of motorists.

"Sufficient manpower and equipment will also be deployed by Traffic and Toll operations to ensure fast and smooth travel of motorists going to Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan and Subic Bay," TMC said.

The company added that traffic build up at SCTEX going to the provinces is expected at Tarlac Exit and Tipo Exit starting Friday, October 29.

While back to Manila, traffic build up is expected on November 2 and 3, at Mabalacat Interchange of SCTEX.

Motorists can expect sufficient number of personnel and equipment to minimize delay at the plaza and maintain the best level of service possible. (PNA) LOR/DGA/utb

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