NLEx, SCTEx ready for ‘Undas’ exodus

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – It’s all systems go for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark- Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) with the expected surge of motorists this weekend going home to the provinces to observe All Saints’ Day.

    “NLEx will open spare lanes and additional layers of manual toll collection during peak hours at the Mindanao, Dau and Bocaue toll plazas,” said Kiko Dagohoy, Tollways Management Corp. communication specialist.

    “For the SCTEx, advance toll collection will be conducted at the Mabalacat toll plaza on October 30 and 31,” he added.

    “On November 1, fishbone lanes will be set up at the Mabalacat southbound toll plaza while spare lanes will also be opened at the Bocaue Barrier to accommodate the surge of vehicles going back to Metro Manila,” Dagohoy explained.

    Portable toll collection system gadgets will also be strategically deployed in the said locations to facilitate faster transactions, he said.

    In line with this, NLEx and SCTEx concessionaires of the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) announced that all road works would be suspended beginning October 29 until November 2.

    There will be no mainline roadwork lane closures during this period unless safety repair is required, Dagohoy said.

    NLEx will also implement its motorist assistance program, “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” on October 30 and 31. Like in previous holidays, the program will provide free first aid treatments and basic mechanic services to motorists in designated locations along the NLEx and SCTEx.

    Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko Motorist Camps will also be located in selected fuel stations at the NLEx’s Shell-Burol, Total- San Simon and Petron Lakeshore service and convenient stops.

    Dagohoy said motorists can avail themselves of free calls and Wi-Fi access courtesy of PLDT and Smart as well as bottled water from Maynilad in the said service and convenient stops.

    Fluid efficiency testing by Prestone Brake Fluid will also be conducted and free towing services will be provided to Class 1 vehicles from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the said dates.

    Meanwhile, a total of 2,000 policemen were deployed in Central Luzon starting on Wednesday as part of “Implan Undas 2015” to assist motorists going to different provinces in the region.

    Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) acting regional director, said the policemen were deployed for security preparedness and public safety concerns in the entire region in the observance of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

    Senior Supt. Roque Eduardo Vega, regional director of the Highway Patrol Unit (HPU) 3, said he has ordered all his chiefs from the provincial highway field to prepare for the influx of motorists.

    Vega said HPU personnel will also assist motorists and supervise traffic flows along national roads.


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