Motorists can now look forward to a faster, more convenient travel to the north with the new 600-meter NLEX Balagtas Northbound Entry in Bulacan.

A joint project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX Corporation, the new road provides direct access to motorists coming from Balagtas Interchange going to NLEX northbound, bypassing local roads and Sta. Rita Interchange in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

An inaugural drive-thru of the new northbound entry was led by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, Region III Director Roseller Tolentino, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, Vice Governor Wilhemino Sy-Alvarado, 2nd District Rep. Gavini “Apol” Pancho, Balagtas Mayor Eladio Gonzales Jr., Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive Director Abraham Sales, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President and CEO Rodrigo Franco, and NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista.

“The Balagtas Northbound Entry, which started construction early this year, is part of the government’s road network improvement plan aimed at easing traffic congestion and bringing more investments in Central Luzon,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

In 2012, NLEX opened the Balagtas Interchange, which was linked to the DPWH-built Plaridel Bypass Road.

“This new gateway to the north signifies Metro Pacific’s commitment to enhance countryside development and make travel easier and more comfortable for everyone,” MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo Franco pointed out.

NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista said the new road hopes to improve mobility and productivity, especially for those coming from Balagtas and those using the Plaridel Bypass from Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos, and Baliwag.

The DPWH Region III, led by Director Roseller Tolentino, affirmed that the agency supports and prioritizes infrastructure projects like this to fully tap the potentials of Bulacan province, and in turn, further spur development in the region.

Investors cite Bulacan as the next growth hub amid upcoming major infrastructure projects in the province. It is also instrumental in the thriving economy of Central Luzon, which remained one of the significant contributors to the country’s overall growth.

For his part, Bulacan 2nd District Representative Gavini “Apol” Pancho, who is proactively pushing for new access roads in the province, noted that the new Balagtas Northbound Entry will not only facilitate ease of travel, but more importantly open doors of opportunities to local businesses.

Balagtas Mayor Eladio Gonzales Jr. and Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr. expressed gratitude to both public and private firms involved in constructing the new road.

“We are grateful and excited about this. It’s something that the whole community has been waiting for,” Gonzales said.

Aside from this project, a new Tambubong Interchange in Bocaue, Bulacan is well underway to enhance the Bulacan road network and help alleviate heavy traffic conditions at the Bocaue Interchange. A southbound entry and northbound entry and exit toll plazas will be constructed at Brgy. Tambubong to serve as an alternate route for motorists bound for Sta. Maria Pandi, Bulacan and nearby towns.