While the holiday rush can at times be exciting, the literal rush of traffic is the opposite. It’s almost a given that December in the Philippines is peak traffic season and the notion has just been confirmed by NLEX.
NLEX “Safe Trip Mo Sagot ko”
Just the other day the toll operator announced that in anticipation of the holiday traffic along the major highways, they will be ramping up efforts to ensure a smoother flow of traffic. They also noted that the time period for the heavier traffic flow will be from From December 23, 2022 to January 3, 2023
Traffic management teams will closely monitor Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Valenzuela (Paso de Blas), Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Sta. Rita, Pulilan, San Simon, San Fernando, Clark South, Tarlac, Tipo, and SFEX.
To assist motorists and ensure efficient traffic flow, the NLEX management will field more than 1,000 patrol crews, traffic marshals, security teams, and toll lane personnel. It will also deploy emergency medical services and incident response teams at strategic areas. Furthermore, any roadworks (apart from the Candaba Viaduct) will be suspended unless deemed necessary. While free towing services to the nearest exit for class 1 vehicles will be available as well.
Here are the listed possible choke points per NLEX corporation:
- Balintawak and Mindanao on December 23 (12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight), December 24 (6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon), and December 29 (3:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight)
- Tarlac on December 23 (2:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight), December 24 (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), December 29 (4:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight), and January 2 (12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.)
- Bocaue on December 25 (2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), December 29 (3:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight), January 2 (2:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight), and January 3 (5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)