P1.6-B expanded link between Subic freeport, SCTEx opens
SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES—The P1.6-billion expanded road link between Subic Bay Freeport and 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Expressway (SCTEx) has been completed after nearly two years and opened on Friday (Feb. 19).
The 8.2-km expansion of the Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEx) was designed to provide “better, faster and safer access to the economic zone,” officials said.
In a statement, Wilma Eisma, administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), said the road expansion would accelerate economic growth in the Subic Bay Freeport and surrounding communities.
Esima was joined by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the inauguration of the road.
The SFEx capacity expansion project included the construction of two additional expressway lanes, two new bridges at Jadjad and Argonaut Road, and a new two-lane tunnel.
North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Corp. president Luigi Bautista said this will increase road capacity from one to two lanes in each direction and accelerate business activity and facilitate the flow of goods and services to Subic and back.
Roque described the SFEx expansion as one of the key projects under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build-Build-Build program and a testament that, under the Duterte administration, the government is “working non-stop to provide essential services to the people.”
He said the SFEx expansion “significantly hastened” travel from Manila to the Subic Freeport and provided motorists an alternative and faster route in and out of the freeport.