NLEX Corporation is undertaking the upgrading of its San Matias bridge in Sto. Tomas and the strengthening of the SCTEX Pasig-Potrero bridge in Porac – both in Pampanga – as part of its continuing effort to ensure each motorist’s safety.
The 80-meter San Matias bridge is located between the San Fernando and San Simon interchanges wherein two link slabs that connect the bridge decks on its southbound portion are being replaced to improve safety. The upgrading works also entail the enhancement of the bridge support and deck surface.
Targeted for completion within one month, the works at the San Matias bridge require occasional lane closures. The project also involves the use of a Bailey bridge to allow Class 1 and 2 vehicles (cars, vans, small trucks, and buses) to cross over the link slab repair site. A counterflow lane is also open at the northbound carriageway to accommodate Class 3 vehicles or big trucks.
The 720-meter Pasig-Potrero bridge, which serves as a vital link between Subic and Clark, is also being strengthened as the sand surrounding the piers have diminished due to quarrying operations, which has then affected the bridge’s structure.
Apart from the said bridges, the tollway company is also continuously rehabilitating the five-kilometer Candaba Viaduct. At present, the girders and slabs are being upgraded to further ensure safety.