NLEX ramps up measures for holiday rush

NLEX Corporation is ramping up its traffic management measures in anticipation of the increase in traffic volume this coming Christmas and New Year holidays.

From December 23, 2022 to January 3, 2023, the tollway company will enhance its operations along the NLEX-SCTEX as part of its “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” motorist assistance program.

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 as high volume of vehicles is anticipated in these areas.

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.

Except for the Candaba Viaduct repairs, construction and lane closures along the mainline road of the NLEX-SCTEX will also be suspended unless safety repairs are necessary.

From December 23, 6:00 a.m. to December 26, 6:00 a.m. and from January 1, 2023 6:00 a.m. to January 3, 2023, 6:00 a.m., free towing to the nearest exit will be available to those traveling with Class 1 or light vehicles.

“As more people are expected to gather and celebrate this festive season, more motorists are also expected to travel. We would like to encourage them to take their trips during nonpeak hours and use RFID for faster transactions at the toll plazas,” said NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, highlighting that “we will continue our efforts to provide safe and convenient journeys.”

High traffic volume is being anticipated in the following major toll plazas:

  • 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.)

Motorists may check the traffic situation before heading to their destinations through the traffic advisories on NLEX Corporation’s social media accounts @nlexexpressways. They may also tune in to DWRW 95.1 FM for traffic bulletins. For inquiries or other concerns, motorists may also call the NLEX-SCTEX hotline at 1-35000.

Cash-paying motorists are also encouraged to shift to RFID to avoid queuing at the cash lanes. Those who have no RFID may have the sticker installed for free and pay the initial load.

Existing RFID users are advised to ensure that they have enough load, while those having concerns should have their sticker checked at the nearest Easytrip station. For the complete list of installation sites and reloading options, motorists may visit the Easytrip website:

The NLEX management is likewise reminding motorists to check their vehicles before traveling as well as ensure that they are fit drive to avoid any untoward incidents.

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