MANILA – The volume of vehicular traffic at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) is seen to double next week due to the number of motorists heading to the provinces for the Holy Week.
Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC), the tollways arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), said it is expecting NLEX traffic to increase by 11.1 percent to 200,000 vehicles per day from the average daily traffic of 180,000.
Traffic at the 94-kilometer SCTEX, meanwhile, is seen to grow between 10 percent and 15 percent to a range of 26,400 to 27,600 per day from the average 24,000 vehicles.
Traffic along the 13.5-km Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (Cavitex) is expected to remain low during the Holy Week break.
MNTC president Rodrigo Franco said the firm has mobilized the Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko (SMSK) program to assist motorists in the three expressways.
Motorist camps will be set up in all fuel stations along NLEX, and one fuel station in Subic Freeport expressway.
An SMSK station will also be established near the Paranaque toll plaza exit and the Kawit toll plaza along Cavitex.
Franco said SMSK Express Cards will be sold to motorists using Class 1 vehicles carrying a 5 percent discount on toll rates.
Northbound traffic is expected to build up in the afternoon of April 1 until late morning of April 2, according to MNTC assistant vice president for technology and operations management Glenn Campos.
Heavy southbound traffic is expected on the afternoon of April 4 up to late evening of April 5.
Three collection points will be temporarily opened at the Dau North Bound flyover, Sta. Ines and Mabalacat on April 1 and 2 to help ease traffic.
Toll fees based on entry point will also be collected in advance for Class 1 motorists entering SCTEX Plazas other than Mabalacat and bound to either Tarlac or Subic.
"Motorists are advised to surrender their stubs upon exit since this will serve as their proof of payment. This advance payment scheme is being implemented in order to minimize queue length at Tarlac and Subic Toll Plazas," said Campos.
He added that about 20 additional portable booths will be set up at the Bocaue barrier. Road works of MNTC will be suspended beginning March 27 and is scheduled to resume on April 6.