MANILA, Philippines - Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) said it expects a 30 percent increase in the volume of vehicles on its toll roads during Holy Week.
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., Manila North Tollways Corp, Cavite Infrastructure Corp. and Tollways Management Corp. have suspended all road work maintenance and repairs in preparation for the traffic surge.
Maintenance works and repairs would be limited to the roadsides and shoulders to avoid hampering traffic flow along the toll roads during the Holy Week. Normal road work maintenance and repairs will resume on April 22.
MPTC president Ramoncito Fernandez said the volume of traffic at the North Luzon expressway (NLEX) and Subic Clark Tarlac expressway (SCTEX) is seen to jump 30% during Holy Week.
At present, the average daily traffic at NLEX is currently at 181,000 vehicles, while volume at SCTEX is at around 29,000 vehicles.
On the other hand, the traffic at the Manila-Cavite expressway (Cavitex) is expected to remain normal at about 101,000 a day.
Meanwhile, MNTC president Rodrigo Franco said the traffic build-up of outbound vehicles is expected to start around the afternoon of Holy Wednesday, and last until noon of Holy Thursday.
The traffic build-up of inbound vehicles is expected on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, Franco said.
"NLEX is beefing up its field forces with the deployment of additional personnel to man major toll plazas specifically Balintawak, Bocaue, Mindanao Avenue, Dau, and Mabalacat. At the SCTEX, manual lanes would be set up at the Tarlac and Tipo exits for the same purpose,” he said.
Additional lanes will be opened to make sure vehicles pass through toll gates quickly during peak hours. Traffic personnel will also be required to work additional hours.
There will also be free Wi-fi and phone calls in selected toll service facilities.