‘Nlex fast-tracking big infrastructure projects’

Nlex Corp. said on Monday the construction of major infrastructure projects are “in full blast despite the community quarantine restrictions,” with its chief saying that the company and its contractors are compliant with the safety guidelines set by the government.

Luigi L. Bautista, the company’s president, said the projects include the 8-kilometer Nlex Connector, the upgrade of the 5-kilometer Candaba Viaduct, and other safety repairs and bridge rehabilitation.

“We are following our timelines and have contingencies in place to be able to accomplish our projects amid the community quarantine,” he said. “By accelerating these projects, we are doing our part to help keep the economy going.”

Bautista reported that the company’s construction progress for the first 5 kilometers of the Nlex Connector is now at 32 percent.

It is being built over the existing right of way of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) between the Caloocan Interchange along C3 Road/5th Ave. and España Blvd. in Sampaloc, Manila.

This section should be completed within 2021.

The next 3-kilometer section between España Blvd. and the vicinity of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila is expected to begin construction within the second quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, he said the company has completed 92 percent of the upgrade works for the Candaba Viaduct. The upgrade, which is expected to be completed within the month, will ensure long-term serviceability and provide greater safety and comfort for motorists using the road.

Bautista noted that the group has also started the rehabilitation of the Meycauayan and Bigaa bridges in Bulacan to strengthen their structures.

Both were built in the 1960s and even though the company ensures the required periodic maintenance is undertaken, it is high time for the much-needed major repairs, he said.

The rehabilitation of the 45-meter Meycauayan bridge is targeted for completion by September, while the the rehabilitation of the 64-meter Bigaa bridge in Balagtas area is expected to be finished by August.

“With all these ongoing projects, we believe that we are helping our country bounce back quickly from the global health crisis. We are not just building roads, but we are also helping build a more resilient economy,” Bautista said.


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