NLEX Corporation reported that the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) are safe to motorists following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Luzon last April 22.
In a post-earthquake assessment, NLEX Corporation and its engineering consultant AMH Philippines revealed that there were no major structural damages found at the NLEX-SCTEX bridges and slopes, despite the presence of a few cracks and deformations on the pavements and bridge expansions.
The toll road developer also noted that the cracks and deformations are evidently within the anticipated range of design assumptions.
The four bridges in SCTEX Porac (Pasig-Potrero, Babo Pangula, Planas, and Porac), and two bridges in SCTEX Floridablanca (Caulaman, and Gumain) bore pavement cracks, while steel plates and expansion joints became uneven. Some median concrete toppings in the said areas were also broken.
For the riding comfort and peace of mind of motorists, repairs will be implemented for NLEX and SCTEX.
Meanwhile, at NLEX, a few light and signposts along Candaba Viaduct, Dau, and Sta. Ines interchanges had noticeably leaned.
“Immediately after the earthquake, our incident response teams were deployed to inspect all our infrastructure facilities and assure the safety of the public plying our expressways,” said Luigi Bautista, president and general manager of NLEX Corporation.
Bautista added that their structures, including those elevated ones were designed and built in such a way that they do not collapse during an earthquake. He also stressed that the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, the elevated expressway from Karuhatan, Valenzuela City to Caloocan Interchange in C3, Caloocan City are earthquake-resistant and can withstand high magnitude earthquakes.