MANILA—The construction of a new North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) interchange leading up to Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan is underway amid the country's preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
The P635 million project, which aims to improve access to the arena tapped to host the SEA Games opening ceremonies, broke ground on Friday, February 1.
The ceremony was attended by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Senator Joel Villanueva, NLEX officials, along with other local officals.
Villar said the project also aims to decongest traffic in Bulacan and "boost economic activities" in nearby locations, besides making the arena more accessible.
In a statement, NLEX management said the project will involve four phases, which include the construction of a new bridge crossing the NLEX and the rehabilitation of the Philippine Arena's inner road.
It will also improve the road from Manila North Road to Bocaue Municipal Road, and the completion of the southbound acceleration and deceleration lanes for vehicles headed to the arena.
The DPWH will also construct a new NLEX west service road to address traffic between Bocaue and Marilao.
The Philippine Arena, with a maximum seating capacity of 50,000, will be the location for the 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonies on November 30.