Last September 2020, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported that the PhP1.6-billion expansion of the Subic Freeport Expressway is on track and could be finished within the next 12 months.
Now, barely 5 months after that progress report, the DPWH is proud to open the new 8.2-kilometer expansion of the said expressway. One of its most interesting highlights is a 200-meter tunnel that parallel to the original tunnel heading into Subic Bay.
"The administration's Build Build Build’ infrastructure program is one of the key drivers that will help our economy get back on track from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Infrastructure investments have a high multiplier effect on the economy, so priority is being given to projects that will create opportunities and propel our country’s growth,” said executive secretary, Salvador Medialdea.
In his message, public works secretary, Mark Villar, said “this fresh Metro Pacific Tollways infrastructure investment will improve mobility, accelerate the country’s economic recovery and more importantly, support the logistics and supply chain we urgently need. Around 10,000 motorists daily will benefit from this new road.”
NLEX Corp. embarked on the P1.6-billion expansion project to increase the expressway capacity from a single two-way carriageway to a double carriageway with dedicated lanes in each direction.