Tollway firm fetes SFEX’s advantages

Nlex Corp. said on Sunday the recently-expanded Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) has received positive feedback from transport and logistics companies, as it has helped facilitate the “efficient transport of basic commodities and other essential goods.”

In a statement, Nlex Corp. President Luigi L. Bautista said this enables the company to realize its goal of helping “spur investments and boost efficiencies of businesses in North and Central Luzon provinces”

“Our truckers and those in the logistics industries serve as lifeline maintaining critical supply chains during this pandemic,” he said. “We are delighted that the new SFEX has been significantly beneficial for this sector that plays a key role in the economic recovery.”

For his part, JA Global Logistics Solutions Inc. President Bernstein Estiandan said his group has reduced travel time by half thanks to the expanded expressway.

“Roads are considered the arteries of our economy and improving the flow of traffic means faster delivery of goods and services. This is what the SFEX made happen with its expansion―the travel time of our trucks to and from Subic Port is now 50 percent faster. Our operations became more efficient. And most importantly, it increased the level of safety in driving,” he said.

A total of 16.4 new lane kilometers, two new bridges in Jadjad and Argonaut, and a new tunnel were constructed to improve mobility, enable safer travel, and support the logistics and supply chain operations. The tollway company also installed LED lights, raised the elevation of the Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction, and enhanced the area’s drainage system.

It was opened in February. So far, over 1.3 million motorists have used the new SFEX.

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