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NLEX opens counterflow lanes to ease monster traffic

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) management opened a counterflow lane on Saturday as a temporary solution to heavy traffic jam caused by trucks plying the expressway to comply with the government's "Last Mile" route.

The last mile route was announced by the government as a drastic solution to port congestion by allowing cargo trucks to ply truck lanes around the clock on two consecutive Sundays and Mondays.

The counterflow lane was designated at the Camachile to NLEX route for private vehicles and buses, a report from GMA's “News TV Live” program said Saturday.

There will also be counterflow lanes in Monumento in Bonifacio at the Del Pan Bridge leading to the port areas, EDSA Balintawak going to R10, the underside of C3 going to Balagtas, and from Baltazar.

Aside from this, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will halt construction projects along the roads affected by the traffic jam.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson also said the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) open an additional gate to expedite the decongestion of Manila's ports.

Meanwhile, Task Force Pantalan gave the PPA and truckers up to September 21 to decongest the port areas.

Last Friday, scores of commuters were forced to walk following a massive build-up of traffic at NLEX which stretched some five kilometers from Meycauayan in Bulacan to A. Bonifacio in Quezon City. — Andrei Medina/JDS, GMA News
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