Published: April 19, 2019 | Updated: January 8, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Lifestyle
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During major holidays in the Philippines like All Souls’ Day and Holy Week, traffic is known to be nothing short of soul-crushing. You can be a better-informed and smarter driver to avoid being stuck in holiday traffic.
Since last year, new roads and highways have been opened to ease traffic and reduce travel time. Here are the new roads you can use as alternate routes or shortcuts for your out-of-town trip this coming holiday.
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A trip to Baguio, La Union, or anywhere in North Luzon will be a lot faster when you take the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). You can reach Baguio in only three hours, thanks to the opening of a new TPLEX exit in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan.
Rather than pass MacArthur Highway/Manila North Road/Radial Road 9 or TPLEX Urdaneta exit, just go straight ahead to Pozorrubio exit, which is the end of the highway. This will reduce your travel time to just 45 minutes from Tarlac to Pozorrubio, which used to take 2.5 hours. From TPLEX Pozorrubio exit, it will take you another 45 minutes to get to Baguio.
It’s even possible to drive to Baguio in under three hours, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Tim Orbos. In a Facebook post, the DOTr official shared that he traveled from Balintawak, Quezon City to TPLEX Pozorrubio exit in just two hours.
Photo from NLEX Corporation Facebook Page
Heading out to and from Subic or Tarlac via the MacArthur Highway-SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) route has become easier and safer through the new SCTEX Mabiga Diamond Interchange in Mabalacat City, Pampanga. Because of this, the U-turn slot along the NLEX-SCTEX connection in Barangay Mabiga has been closed to traffic since February 15 this year. If you’ll go from MacArthur Highway to SCTEX Subic/Tarlac, simply take the new Mabiga northbound entry toll plaza. Take the new Mabiga southbound exit toll plaza on your way back to MacArthur Highway.
Photo from NLEX Corporation Facebook Page
If you often traverse the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), you know how traffic can get bad at the Meycauayan Interchange. But no need to dread traveling to Meycauayan City anymore. You can avoid the congested Meycauayan Interchange and instead take the new NLEX exits in Barangays Libtong and Pandayan. You can also use the Libtong exit for traveling to Manila via Sterling/Iba Road. Meanwhile, the Pandayan exit allows easier access to MacArthur Highway for motorists bound to Baguio.
Traveling north to south and vice versa can be a pain in the neck, especially when people go on out-of-town trips. Escape that holiday commuting nightmare—take the Radial Road 10 (R-10) via Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard. The R-10 spans from Delpan Bridge in Tondo, Manila to C-4 Road in Navotas City. The improved and widened road can accommodate motorists who are looking for an alternate route to EDSA and C-5.
If you’ll drive from Taytay, Rizal to Bicutan, Taguig, avoid passing the congested EDSA and C-5 Road. Take the faster route via the re-opened Barkadahan Bridge in Taytay and the widened Laguna Lake Highway. Formerly known as the C-6 Road, the Laguna Lake Highway has two new lanes, which are expected to make travel faster between Taytay and Bicutan by 50%. What’s so cool about this new highway is its 3-meter biking and jogging lane, the first of its kind in Metro Manila.
The Barkadahan Bridge. Photo from Pasig City Natin Facebook page
Aside from Taytay and Bicutan, using the Barkadahan Bridge also provides convenient travel to and from other cities and towns of Rizal, Quezon City, Marikina, as well as NAIA and SLEX.
Need to get to the airport faster for your holiday vacation? Cut down your commute from one hour to just 20 minutes. If you’re coming from the South, take the NAIA Expressway (NAIAEX) from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Aside from SLEX, NAIAEX also connects Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and Diosdado Macapagal Avenue to all NAIA terminals.
Any other alternate routes and shortcuts not mentioned here? Let’s help one another make the holiday travel a lot more bearable. Leave a comment below!