We can expect more connecting roads for Pampanga and NLEX as the NLEX Corporation is working hand in hand with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to connect the latter’s road projects to its North Luzon Expressway-Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway network. Their engineers are now closely studying how to efficiently incorporate the three DPWH projects in Sto. Tomas, Mexico, and Sta. Ines, Pampanga to the already existing expressway system.
“We are actively coordinating with DPWH in laying out the plans for the interconnection of NLEX-SCTEX, with some of these projects included in the Pampanga Circumferential Road,” NLEX Corporation president Luigi Bautista said. “The team is carefully studying the safety and security aspects of the projects, and making sure that both local and NLEX motorists get to benefit from these,” he adds
On the other hand, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar attested that consultations are really progressing with public and private sectors on various road projects. “Constructing a new road entails everyone’s participation. We are pushing for new access roads to ease daily traffic congestion and improve travel convenience,” he said
The project envisions a road network to connect NLEX to MacArthur Highway in Santo Tomas, a new interchange to improve access to the expressway system for places like Santo Tomas, Minalin, Guagua, and Lubao, and a new interconnection in Mexico that’s expected to de-congest MacArthur Highway. And if DPWH and NLEX Corporation will be able to sort out the right-of-way issues in Santa Intes, then there will be a connecting road between Santa Ines and SCTEX as well. More connecting roads for Pampanga and NLEX would enhance access and connectivity, as well as boost the province’s development potential.
The project is backed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice Governor Lilia Pineda, First District Representative Carmelo Lazatin ll, Second District Representative Juan Miguel Arroyo, Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr., and Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc.