NLEX Corp. said it opened to the the public a new interchange in Bocaue aimed at decongesting traffic in the province of Bulacan.
A partnership between the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX , the new Tambobong Interchange in Bocaue will offer another alternative for commuters at Bocaue Interchange bound for Sta. Maria, Angat, and Pandi in eastern Bulacan.
“The completion of this new route is vital to fulfilling our goal of improving roads leading to growth corridors. We are delighted to let our commuters know that we are able to provide traffic congestion relief and reduce travel time between the NLEX and eastern Bulacan towns,” Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar said.
The new interchange features a two-lane southbound entry, a two-lane northbound entry, and a three-lane northbound exit. It also has exclusive RFID lanes to encourage cashless and faster transactions.
“With these new access roads, we are expecting to enhance mobility within the Bulacan road network and help alleviate the heavy traffic situation at the Bocaue Interchange,” Luigi Bautista, NLEX president and general manager said.
In 2018, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) cited Bulacan as one of the emerging viable business destinations in Luzon considering its proximity to Metro Manila and the upcoming major infrastructure projects.
Last year, the provincial government also announced that a 400-hectare mega city traversing the municipalities of Pandi, Bocaue, and Balagtas will be built which comprised of manufacturing firms, call centers, warehouses, outlet stores, and a shopping mall.
Also included in the DPWH Bulacan road network enhancements is the ongoing construction of a new bridge at the Bocaue Interchange and the Balagtas Interchange SB exit (Plaridel bypass road) to better accommodate growing traffic.
DPWH and NLEX opened the Philippine Arena Interchange and Balagtas Northbound Entry last year to make travel easier and more comfortable for motorists.
The tollway company likewise completed in 2019 the girder strengthening, and deck slab replacement of the Bocaue River Bridge aimed at further ensuring the safety and convenience of the public.